Our Pillars

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Mahatma Gandhi

“In the history of India, there have been occasions when a cloud, no bigger than a man’s hand, has soon covered the whole sky,” so wrote Mahatma Gandhi in 1921. He himself poured life- giving water on a land thirsting for freedom….

 


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Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru

India’s first and longest serving Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, was a man of vision. Having participated in the long struggle for freedom from the British, Nehru, fondly called Pandit Nehru, a reference to his Kashmiri Pandit community roots, was a firm believer in nation building, as he understood that the young Indian nation had a tryst with destiny.

 


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Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel

Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel ( 31 October 1875 – 15 December 1950) was an Indian barrister and statesman, one of the leaders of the Indian National Congress and one of the founding fathers of the Republic of India. He was a social leader who played a leading role in the country’s struggle for independence and guided its integration into a united, independent nation. In India and elsewhere, he was often addressed as Sardar,[1] which means Chief in Hindi, Urdu and Persian.

 


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Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose

Netaji Bose had been a leader of the younger, radical, wing of the Indian National Congress in the late 1920s and 1930s, rising to become Congress President in 1938 and 1939. He stood for unqualified Swaraj (self-governance).

 

 


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Maulana Azad

Abul Kalam Muhiyuddin Ahmed Azad (11 November 1888 – 22 February 1958) was an scholar and a senior political leader of the Indian independence movement. Following India’s independence, he became the first Minister of Education in the Congress Government. In 1992 he was posthumously awarded India’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna.


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Shri K Kamaraj

Kumaraswami Kamaraj, joined the Indian National Congress at the age of 16 and played an active role during the Indian Independence movement. Post independence he played a leading role in shaping India’s destiny after the passing away of Jawaharlal Nehru. He was instrumental in the elevation of Lal Bahadur Shastri to the post of the Prime Minister of India in 1969. Humble and born in a poor Nadar family, one of the most depressed castes of the Hindu Society, at a backward area of Tamil Nadu, K Kamraj could not study beyong sixth standard. But he is still remembered for bringing school education to millions of the rural poor by introducing free education and the free Midday Meal Scheme during his tenure as chief minister.

 


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Dr B R Ambedkar

Babasaheb, was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer who inspired the Dalit Buddhist movement and campaigned against social discrimination against Untouchables (Dalits), while also supporting the rights of women and labour. He was Independent India’s first law minister and the principal architect of the Constitution of India

 


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Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri

Lal Bahadur Shastri  (2 October 1904 – 11 January 1966) was the Prime Minister of India and a leader of the Indian National Congress party. Shastriji joined the Indian independence movement in the 1920s. Deeply impressed and influenced by Mahatma Gandhi (with whom he shares his birthday), Following independence he served the country, first as Railways Minister (1951–56), and then in a variety of other functions, including Home Minister and finally the Prime Minister. Shastri as Prime Minister continued Nehru’s policies of non-alignment and socialism. He led the country during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965. His slogan of “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan” (“Hail the soldier, Hail the farmer”) became very popular during the war and is remembered even today. The war formally ended with the Tashkent Agreement of 10 January 1966.


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Smt. Indira Gandhi

Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi (19 November 1917 – 31 October 1984) was a key 20th century stateswoman, and leader of the Indian National Congress party, and to date the only female Prime Minister of India. She served as Prime Minister from 1966 to 1977 and then again from 1980 until her assassination in 1984, making her the second-longest-serving Prime Minister after Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru.

 


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Babu Jagjivan Ram

Babu Jagjivan Ram, popularly known as Babuji was a national leader, a freedom fighter, a crusader of social justice, a champion of depressed classes, an outstanding Parliamentarian, a true democrat…

 

 


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Shri Rajiv Gandhi

At 41, Rajiv Gandhi was the youngest Prime Minister of India, perhaps one of the youngest elected heads of Government in the world. His mother, Indira Gandhi, was eight years older when she first became Prime Minister in 1966. His illustrious grandfather, Jawaharlal Nehru, was 58 when he started long innings of 17 years as free India’s first Prime Minister.