Exactly a hundred and ten years ago in Allahabad, on 14th November, 1889, a son was born to an eminent lawyer, Motilal Nehru and his wife Swaroop Rani. They named him Jawaharlal. He was an exceptional child, brilliant and compassionate and was greatly loved by all.
His father wanted to give him the
best education and so sent him to England to do his M.A. from Cambridge.
On his return to India, young Jawaharlal realised that he was not interested
in making money through the legal profession. Instead, he was filled with
patriotic fervour and wanted to help the poor and the downtrodden. He joined
the Congress and Gandhiji in the Freedom Struggle of India and turned out
to be an extremely outspoken, honest, practical and illustrious politician.
And when India gained its independence, this outstanding statesman was
named the first Prime Minister of the country.
Nehru's contribution to Society
It can be said that Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru is the maker of Modern India as his life and works have influenced
our way of thinking, social structures and all round development. He was
a perfect blend of eastern values and western thinking and encouraged technological
progress. But he was also a man of letters and a great poet and wrote some
famous works like, 'Glimpses of World History' and 'Discovery of India'.
His letters to his daughter, Indira, was also compiled into a book and
reflects his philosophical outlook, his compassion and above all, his tender
The birth of Chacha Nehru
His great love for roses as well as children is a well-known fact. In fact he often compared the two, saying that children were like the buds in a garden. They should be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they were the future of the nation and the citizens of tomorrow. He felt that children are the real strength of a country and the very foundation of society. Most importantly he did not discriminate between the sexes and believed in giving equal opportunities to girls and boys. In fact his own little girl grew up to be the third Prime Minister of India.
Quite naturally, he was the 'beloved'
of all the children who gave him the endearing name of 'Chacha Nehru'.
As a tribute to this great man and his genuine love for children, his birthday
is celebrated all over India as 'UNIVERSAL CHILDREN'S DAY'. A day of fun
and fanfare. It is not only a national holiday, but is celebrated with
singing, dancing and storytelling in schools and colleges as well as on
radio and television. Special functions are held to honour children all
over the country.
The significance of Children's DayBut amidst all this pomp and glory, we should not lose sight of Chacha Nehru's real message. That is providing our children with a safe and loving environment in which to grow as well as giving them ample and equal opportunities through which they can take great strides and contribute to the progress of the nation. This day serves as a reminder to each and every one of us, to renew our commitment to the welfare of children and teach them to live by their Chacha Nehru's standards and example.
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