Contest Article 6: Jawahar Lal Nehru (1889-1964)

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Jawaharlal Nehru or Chacha Nehru, as he is still called by many, had designed most of India's foreign policies and took care of the internal issues that cropped up during his tenure as the apex minister.

  • Born on 14 November, 1989 in Allahabad (British India).
  • Died on 27 May, 1964 due to heart attack.


  • His grandfather Gangadhur Pandit was the last Kotwal of Delhi who was appointed just before 1857 Independence war. He was born to Motilal Nehru and his second wife Swarooprani Thussu. As a child he was very sincere, observant and keen learner.
  • Pt Nehru is highly qualified and the education spree stared with his father tutoring him at home till the age of 15 years. He graduated in the year 1910 from Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge and studied in England for total of 7 years.

  • He wrote his autobiography “Towards Freedom” between June 1934 to Feb 1935 while he was in prison during Indian Freedom Movement and was published in the year 1936 in USA.


  • He married Kamala Kaul  at the age of 26 who was 10 years younger to him and Kamala gave birth to Indira Gandhi in the year 1917.

  • Nehru Family has history of assassinations and it all started with four failed attempt to assassinate the first Prime Minister of India. The first attempt was made in 1947 during India-Pakistan partition. Second attempt was made in 1955, third attempt in 1956 in Mumbai and the last one in 1961 but Pt Nehru managed to escape all.

  • He loved smoking and there are many pictures that show him lighting a cigarette or smoking a cigar. He was dedicated smoker of his favourite brand 555 Cigarette and once has them transported to Bhopal by sending an Airjet due to its unavailability in the markets of Bhopal.

  • Nehru was known to once jeopardise the Indian Independence situation in 1946 and also revolted if not made the first PM of Independent India. The otherwise first candidate for PM position of Sardar Patel but threats by Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru changed the mind of deciding committee.




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