Nation Pays Tribute To Dr Rajendra Prasad On His 55th Death Anniversary

| February 28 , 2018 , 14:16 IST

The nation paid tribute to the first President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad on his 55th death anniversary on February 28th. He was one of the most prominent Indian leaders of his times and a lawyer by profession. He is the only president to have held office for two terms, becoming the longest serving President of India.

Born in 1884 in Zeradai, Siwan district of Bihar, Dr Rajendra Prasad was taught by a Maulavi in his childhood, as his father Mahadev Sahai wanted him to scholar both Sanskrit and the Persian language.

After the completion of traditional elementary education, at an early age of 12, he was married to Rajavanshi Devi. He, along with his elder brother Mahendra Prasad, then went to study at T.K. Ghosh's Academy in Patna for a period of two years. He secured first in the entrance examination to the University Of Calcutta and was awarded Rs. 30 per month as a scholarship.

Prasad joined the Presidency College, Calcutta in 1902, as a science student. He passed Intermediate level classes then called as F. A. under the University Of Calcutta in March 1904 and further graduated with First Division from there itself in March 1905. Impressed by his intellect, an examiner once wrote on his answer sheet "examinee is better than examiner".


After completing his M.A in economics, Dr Rajendra Prasad served in various educational institutions as a teacher. He became a professor of English at the Langat Singh College of Muzaffarpur in Bihar and went on to become the principal. However, later on, he left the college for his legal studies and entered into the Ripon College Calcutta.


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In September 1962, Dr Prasad's wife Rajavanshi Devi passed away following which his health started deteriorating and Dr. Prasad eventually retired from public life.


After resignation, Dr Prasad returned to Patna and chose to live and teach at the Bihar Vidyapeeth. The Vidyapeeth had been his karma-bhoomi where he had earlier lived and taught before he moved to Delhi.


Dr. Rajendra Prasad was honoured with Bharat Ratna in 1962.


People all over the country took to Twitter to pay their tribute to Dr Rajendra Prasad.