Dr. Rajendra Prasad : A president who left his sister last rites for country

The country’s first President, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, was born on December 3, 1884 in Jiradei village of Siwan district of Bihar. He completed his early education from Chapra (Bihar) district school. At the age of 18, he passed the entrance examination of the University of Calcutta from first place and then enrolled in the famous Presidency College in Kolkata and obtained a doctorate in the field of law. He was fully acquainted with Hindi, English, Urdu, Bengali and Persian. Rajendra Prasad was married to Rajvanshi Devi at the age of 13. Rajendra Prasad started his career as a lawyer. Rajendra Prasad took part in the Indian independence movement.

He played a major role as the President of the Indian National Congress. Rajendra Prasad’s tenure as president was held from January 26, 1950 to May 14, 1962. Apart from being the President, he worked for a while as a Union minister too. Being popular all over the country, he was called Rajendra Babu or Desh-Ratna. When Rajendra Prasad was in the post of President, he never gave the Prime Minister or Congress an opportunity to interfere in his constitutional rights.

They used to do their work independently and fairly. He had adopted a very tough approach while passing the Hindu Act. As President, he did many such works which were later considered as examples. An episode about him is very popular that his sister Bhagwati Devi passed away on January 25, 1950 a day before the implementation of the Indian Constitution, but instead of joining the last rites of sister, He joined the establishment function of the Republic of India.

Rajendra Prasad continued to serve as President for 12 years. And in 1962 announced his retirement. His wife Rajvanshi Devi died only after the retirement. Rajendra Prasad chose Sadakat Ashram near Patna in the last time of his life. The story of his life ended on 28 February 1963 forever. He was awarded with Indian highest award Bharta Ratna after retirement from president of India.

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