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Jawaharlal Nehru Poster

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Overview (4)

Born in Allahabad, North-Western Provinces, British India
Died in New Delhi, India  (stroke)
Nickname Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jawaharlal Nehru was born on November 14, 1889, in Allahabad, India. He was the son of Swaroop Rani and Motilal Nehru, a wealthy lawyer and a prominent leader of the Indian independence movement. The Nehru family belonged to the saraswat Brahmin caste. Nehru graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge University and came back to India in 1912. In 1916, by his parents' arrangement, he married 17-year-old Kamala from a Kashmiri business family in Delhi. He became the top political leader of the Indian National Congress Party along with his mentor, Mohandas K. Gandhi.

Nehru and his family made transformations in their upper class lifestyle. They followed Gandhi and abandoned fashionable British clothes and expensive possessions. Nehru and his family adopted the native language of Hindu, or Hindustani for their common use. Nehru also wore a khadi kurta and a Gandhi cap as an Indian nationalist uniform. When Nehru's father joined the Swaraj Party in opposition to Gandhi, Jawaharlal stayed with Gandhi. Together they led the nation of India to independence in 1947.

Nehru signed the first constitution of independent India in 1949. He was an outstanding public speaker. He served as the first Prime Minister of India from 1947 until May 27, 1964, the day he died. He was one of the founders of the international non-aligned movement.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Steve Shelokhonov

Spouse (1)

Kamala Kaul (8 February 1916 - 28 February 1936) (her death) (1 child)

Trivia (9)

First prime minister of independent India (1947-1964).
Father of Indira Gandhi.
Grandfather of Rajiv Gandhi and great-grandfather of Rahul Gandhi.
His birthday (November 14) is celebrated as 'Children's Day' in India.
Arrested by the British as a leader of India's fight for independence.
Served a total of ten years in jail from 1921 to 1945.
In prison he wrote "Glimpses of World History", a widely-read book.
Popularized a style of clothing named after him, the Nehru Jacket.
Attended Harrow school, and was loyal alumnus for the rest of his life.

Personal Quotes (2)

[address to India on the death of Mohandas K. Gandhi] Friends and comrades, the light has gone out of our lives, and there is darkness everywhere. I do not know what to tell you and how to say it.
[Aug. 16, 1947, on the eve of India's independence from Great Britain] At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.

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