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Know more about Dr Prasad on his 137th Birth Anniversary

by Priya Bharti

Dr Rajendra Prasad India’s first President,was born on December 3 in the year 1884. A lawyer by profession, Dr Prasad had been an influential leader during the Indian freedom struggle.

He left his law practice to join the movement along with Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.

He kicked bucket on February 28, 1963.

Let us know more about Dr Rajendra Prasad:

Dr Rajendra Prasad joined the Indian National Congress in 1911 and became a leader of the Bihar and Odisha region.

As a child, Rajendra Prasad was taught by a Maulavi (Muslim scholar), as his father wanted him to learn the Persian language, Hindi and arithmetic.

He used to stay at the Eden Hindu Hostel in Calcutta during his educational years at the University of Calcutta as a postgraduate student of Economics.

Prasad played a major role in forming the Bihari Students Conference in the year 1906 at the hall of Patna College

He served as the president of the Constituent Assembly that drafted the first constitution of the Republic of India, which lasted from 1948 to 1950.

He also became the first Minister of Food and Agriculture in 1946 in the interim national government

The British governance had jailed Prasad many times. He was arrested for his support in the Salt Satyagraha Movement of 1931 and the Quit India Movement of 1942

As the President of India, Prasad quit the Congress and set up new guidelines for the parliamentarians that are still followed
He was unanimously elected as the President of India at the last session of the Constituent Assembly of the interim government

In January 1934, Bihar was hit by a devastating earthquake. The British authorities had to free Prasad from jail so that he could lead the relief services in the state. A year later, when another earthquake hit Quetta (now in Pakistan), Prasad was again selected as the President of the Quetta Earthquake Relief Committee.

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