"In attaining our ideals,our means should be as pure as the end" ― Dr Rajendra Prasad PM pays tribute to Dr Rajendra Prasad

PM pays tribute to Dr Rajendra Prasad on birth anniversary

Prasad was born on December 3, 1884 in Siwan, Bihar.

Thesynergyonline News Bureau

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 03 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid tribute to India's first President, Dr Rajendra Prasad on his birth anniversary. The prime minister took to Twitter and said Rajendra Babu will always be a source of inspiration for the citizens of the country.

Dr Rajendra Prasad (3 December 1884 – 28 February 1963) was the first President of India, in office from 1952 to 1962. He was an Indian political leader, and lawyer by training. He joined the Indian National Congress during the Indian Independence Movement and became a major leader from the region of Bihar.

A supporter of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr Prasad was imprisoned by British authorities during the Salt Satyagraha of 1931 and the Quit India movement of 1942. After the 1946 elections, Prasad served as Minister of Food and Agriculture in the central government. Upon independence in 1947, Prasad was elected as President of the Constituent Assembly of India, which prepared the Constitution of India and served as its provisional parliament.

When India became a republic in 1950, Dr Prasad was elected its first president by the Constituent Assembly. Following the general election of 1951 he was elected President by the electoral college of the first Parliament of India and its state legislatures.

As president, Dr Rajendra Prasad established a tradition of non-partisanship and independence for the office-bearer, and retired from Congress party politics. Although a ceremonial head of state, Dr Prasad encouraged the development of education in India and advised the Nehru Government on several occasions. In 1957 Prasad was re-elected to the presidency, becoming the only President to serve two full terms.

PM Modi tweeted in Hindi :

"देश के प्रथम राष्ट्रपति भारत रत्न डॉ. राजेन्द्र प्रसाद को उनकी जयंती पर कोटि-कोटि नमन।अप्रतिम प्रतिभा के धनी एवं सादा जीवन-उच्च विचार के प्रतीक राजेन्द्र बाबू देशवासियों के लिए सदा प्रेरणास्रोत रहेंगे।".

Mr Narendra Modi,
Prime Minister of India