Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India was a man who ruled the heart of millions. His courage and intellect did not only help the country in attaining freedom but also honored him with felicitations like the Bharat Ratna.
The Early Life of Jawaharlal Nehru
This man with an incredible and a remarkable personality was a Kashmiri Pandit. He was born in a family of lawyers, writers and freedom fighters. His father served as the President of the Indian National Congress twice. Belonging from a wealthy household, Jawaharlal never had a chance to see the atrocities on people as a child.
The early life of Jawaharlal Nehru is marked as uneventful and sheltered by the realm in one of his interviews. He completed his basic education at home by private tutors.
At the age of thirteen, Jawaharlal became a part of the theosophical society. He was inclined towards it but after some time he lost interest and left the society.
Due to his interest in theosophy, he started reading many Hindu and Buddhist scriptures. These inculcated in him the heritage and culture for the country.
The youth proved to be a turning point in the life of the first prime minister of India. It was in his youth that Jawaharlal witnessed the atrocities the British did on Indians.
After the defeat of a greater power like Russia during the Russo-Japanese war intensified and filled the feeling of nationalism in Jawaharlal. He started thinking that even his country can be freed from this foreign rule.
Jawaharlal completed his education from Harrow, England. After this he graduated from the Trinity College, Cambridge in the year 1910.
During his time in Trinity, he studied a lot about politics and was inspired by the works of Bernard Shaw, H.G Wells and many other prolific writers. He then moved to London and completed his education in law at the Inner Temple Inn.
Jawaharlal returned to India in the year 1912. He started practicing as an advocate in the Allahabad High Court. But this profession never interested him. He left the work of a Barrister and started attending the lectures of the Indian National Congress.
After the World War I, he emerged among the strongest leaders. He started fighting against the British against the atrocities and autocratic rule they had against Indians.
Non-Cooperation Movement was the first great and grand movement that was led by Jawaharlal Nehru. He played a major role in internationalizing the fight against the British.
This spectacular personality became the first prime minister of India. Jawaharlal served the tenure of the Prime Minister from the time period of 1947 to 1964.
Jawaharlal brought great reforms in the new India. He played a very important role in leading the foundation of the developing India. He was tried to be assassinated four times after he became the Prime Minister.
Jawaharlal Nehru has given outstanding books to the world. Some of his incredible writings are:
- The Discovery of India
- Glimpses of World History
- Toward Freedom
- Letters from a Father to His Daughter
Famous Quotes by Jawaharlal Nehru
“Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.”
“Success belongs to those who act boldly without being afraid of consequences.”
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”
“Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles.”
“What we really are matters more than what other people think of us.”
“The art of a people is a true mirror of their minds.”
“The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all.”
“There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”
“You don’t change the course of history by turning the faces of portraits to the wall.”
“To be in good moral condition requires at least as much training as to be in good physical condition.”
“The only alternative to coexistence is codestruction.”
“Let us be a little humble; let us think that the truth may not perhaps be entirely with us.”
“Socialism is… not only a way of life, but a certain scientific approach to social and economic problems.”
“Time is not measured by the passing of years but by what one does, what one feels, and what one achieves.”
“Ignorance is always afraid of change.”
“Citizenship consists in the service of the country.”
This eminent personality has been an active part in the freedom of India. He proved to be an out-standing and a mind-blowing leader. He has been felicitated with awards like; Bharat Ratna. He gave education a priority in his life. Jawaharlal Nehru is an inspiration for many people.
Written By: Arju Sharma