“Remembering our first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his death anniversary,” Prime Minister Modi said in a tweet.
The Indian National Congress also paid tribute to the nation’s first prime minister on the micro-blogging site twitter.
“We pay tribute to India’s first & longest serving Prime Minister, Pt Nehru on his Death Anniversary,” the party said in a tweet.
“Pt Nehru, was a man of vision, who taught a young & independent India to be self confident & self-reliant,” it added.
Pandit Nehru was born on November 14, 1889, in Allahabad, India. In 1919, he joined the Indian National Congress and joined Mahatma Gandhi in the independence movement.
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Pt. Nehru became the General Secretary of the All India Congress Committee in September 1923.
On August 29, 1928 he attended the All-Party Congress and was one of the signatories to the Nehru Report on Indian Constitutional Reform, named after his father Shri Motilal Nehru. The same year, he also founded the ‘Independence for India League’, which advocated complete severance of the British connection with India, and became its General Secretary.
In 1929, Pt. Nehru was elected President of the Lahore Session of the Indian National Congress, where complete independence for the country was adopted as the goal. He was imprisoned several times during 1930-35 in connection with the Salt Satyagraha and other movements launched by the Congress.
Nehru, whose birthday on November 14 is also celebrated as Children’s Day, was sworn-in on August 15, 1947 as the first prime minister of India when the nation gained independence from the British empire. Serving until his death till May 27, 1964, Nehru remains India’s longest-serving prime minister.