My Favourite National Hero
India is a proud nation with many national leaders. I respect them all, and admire their courage and strength. But Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru stands out as the one I admire most. He is my favourite hero!
Pandit Nehru was born on November 14, 1889. His parents were very well off and lived in a huge house in Allahabad. His father’s name was Motilal Nehru and his mother’s Swarup Rani. Both his parents took part in the freedom struggle. Nehru was educated in England where he studied law. He later became a barrister.
He had all the comforts of life, and was loved by his family and friends. However, his love for his country overpowered everything-all he wanted was to see it freed from the shackles of British rule. He met Gandhiji in 1916 and joined India’s fight for freedom.
He spent nearly twelve years in jail. Some of his best books were written there. His daughter, Indira Gandhi, then a young girl, followed in her father’s footsteps, and later became the Prime Minister of our country.
India became a free nation on August 15, 1947, and Pandit Nehru became its first Prime Minister. He served for seventeen years as Prime Minister till he died on May 27, 1964. He loved children and his birthday on November 14 is celebrated as “Children’s Day-. He always wore a red rose in the buttonhole of his coat.
He is fondly called “Chacha Nehru”. He was indeed a great person and shall always remain my hero!