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
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.
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
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
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.
of Children's Day
But 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