Curious to know about the interesting facts about Jawaharlal Nehru?
The charismatic and Harrow-educated aristocrat Jawaharlal Nehru was the first Prime Minister of independent India.
One of India’s foremost and most prominent independence leaders, he was a lawyer by profession.
He was the son of Motilal Nehru, another prominent figure in pre-independence Indian politics, and was mentored by Mahatma Gandhi.
A firm believer in socialism, Nehru was described by Amar Chitra Katha as the ‘Architect of India’.
Here are 20 interesting facts about Jawaharlal Nehru:
1. 11 times unlucky
Jawaharlal Nehru was nominated for as many as 11 times for the Nobel Prize between 1950-1955 but never won.
2. Nehru was a chain smoker
Nehru was a chain smoker, and smoked only the 555 brand of cigarettes.
Nehru was famous for being extremely frugal with government funds, even on official visits abroad. He was, however, spend-thrift with his own money.
4. The left turn
A socialist at heart, Nehru engineered Congress’s ideological turn towards the left when he became the Congress president in 1929.
5. The Non-aligned Movement
The movement was realised through the efforts of Jawaharlal Nehru along with the Yugoslav President Tito, in 1961.
6. The Theosophical Society
An impressionable Nehru was inducted into the Theosophical Society, aged only 13, by Annie Besant.
7. The Japanese influence
Nehru became a nationalist in childhood itself, heavily inspired by Japanese exploits in their war against Russia between 1904-1905.
8. Unwavering loyalty
After the Chauri Chaura incident in 1922, many Congress members opposed Gandhi, including Motilal Nehru, the father of Jawahar. However, Jawaharlal remained loyal to Gandhi.
9. Gift of gold
10. Refusing Benito Mussolini
Nehru refused to meet Mussolini once in the 1930s, despite being requested for one. He was against fascism in any form.
11. Longest-serving PM
Nehru, with an 18-year tenure, remains the longest-serving Prime Minister of India.
12. Declaring RSS Illegal
Following Gandhi’s brutal assassination, Nehru was instrumental in declaring RSS illegal, in 1948.
13. Red Fort
After independence, Nehru became the first person to hoist the tricolour atop the Red Fort.
14. Children’s day
Being extremely fond of children, Nehru’s birthday is celebrated as Children’s day in India.
15. The survivor
Nehru survived no less than four assassination attempts. The first was in 1947, then 1955, 1956 and lastly in 1961.
16. Commitment to progress
Under Nehru’s guidance, world-class institutes like AIIMS, IITs, IIMs and the NITs were established.
17. Nehru pushed for the adoption of Hindi as the official language of India
Nehru pushed for the adoption of Hindi as the official language of India after he became Prime Minister, and met with severe opposition.
18. UN Security Council
Nehru inexplicably and infamously favoured China over India for a seat at the UN Security Council in 1955.
19. A visionary
Nehru must be credited for the statesmanship exhibited by the establishment of the Atomic Energy Commission in 1948.
20. A unique first
Nehru commissioned the first-ever study on the effects of the
So these were some of the most interesting facts about Jawaharlal Nehru!
A far-sighted and prescient leader, Nehru shaped modern India through his policies. He had his own set of flaws, but it is beyond contest that he was one of the brightest sons of Mother India.
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