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Nation Remembers India's First PM Jawaharlal Nehru On His 54th Death Anniversary

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| May 27 , 2018 , 11:17 IST

Freedom fighter and first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru is credited with laying the foundations for modern India, as a sovereign, socialist, secular, and democratic republic. Born on November 14, 1889, Nehru's birthday is celebrated as Children's Day in India, due to his fondness of children who lovingly called him Chacha Nehru. He died on May 27, 1964, due to a reported heart attack, leaving behind the nation in mourning.

The son of prominent lawyer Motilal Nehru, Jawaharlal was a graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge and the Inner Temple, where he trained to be a barrister. In India, he joined the Allahabad High Court and took an interest in national politics, soon switching over to politics full time. He became a prominent leader of the Indian National Congress party in the 1920s under the guidance of his mentor, Mahatma Gandhi.

After Independence and the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru was elected by the Congress to assume office as India's first Prime Minister. Under Nehru's leadership, India transitioned from a British colony to a republic, while nurturing a plural multi-party system.

On the occasion of Jawaharlal Nehru's 54th death anniversary, the nation paid tributes to the great leader on Twitter: