Rajendra Prasad joined the Indian National Congress during the Indian Independence Movement and became a major leader from the region of Bihar and Maharashtra.
32 Facts About Rajendra Prasad
When India became a republic in 1950, Rajendra Prasad was elected as its first president by the Constituent Assembly.
In 1957, Rajendra Prasad was re-elected to the presidency, becoming the only president to serve two full terms.
Rajendra Prasad stayed in office for the longest term of around 12 years.
Rajendra Prasad was born in a Kayastha family in Ziradei, in the Siwan district of Bihar during the British Raj.
Rajendra Prasad's father, Mahadev Sahai Srivastava, was a scholar of both Sanskrit and Persian languages.
Rajendra Prasad was the youngest child and had one elder brother and three elder sisters.
Rajendra Prasad's mother died when he was a child, and his elder sister then took care of him.
Rajendra Prasad secured first in the entrance examination to the University of Calcutta and was awarded Rs.
Rajendra Prasad joined the Presidency College, Calcutta in 1902, initially as a science student.
Rajendra Prasad passed the F A under the University of Calcutta in March 1904 and then graduated with a first division from there in March 1905.
Rajendra Prasad was instrumental in the formation of the Bihari Students Conference in 1906 in the hall of Patna College.
In 1915, Rajendra Prasad appeared in the examination of master's in law from the Department of Law, University of Calcutta, passed the examination and won a gold medal.
Rajendra Prasad completed his Doctorate in Law from Allahabad University.
Rajendra Prasad practised law at Bhagalpur, the famous silk town in Bihar.
Rajendra Prasad was so greatly moved by the dedication, courage and conviction of Mahatma Gandhi that as soon as the motion of Non-Cooperation was passed by Indian National Congress in 1920, he retired from his lucrative career of lawyer as well as his duties in the university to aid the movement.
Rajendra Prasad responded to the call by Gandhi to boycott Western educational establishments by asking his son, Mrityunjaya Prasad, to drop out of his studies and enrol himself in Bihar Vidyapeeth, an institution he along with his colleagues founded on the traditional Indian model.
Rajendra Prasad wrote articles for the revolutionary publications Searchlight and the Desh and collected funds for these papers.
Rajendra Prasad toured widely, explaining, lecturing, and exhorting the principles of the independence movement.
Rajendra Prasad took an active role in helping people affected by the 1914 floods that struck Bihar and Bengal.
Rajendra Prasad was released two days later and set up Bihar Central Relief Committee on 17 January 1934 and took on the task of raising funds to help the affected people.
Rajendra Prasad was elected as the President of the Indian National Congress during the Bombay session in October 1934.
Rajendra Prasad again became the president when Subhash Chandra Bose resigned in 1939.
Rajendra Prasad was arrested in Sadaqat Ashram, Patna and sent to Bankipur Central Jail.
Rajendra Prasad was elected as the President of Constituent Assembly on 11 December 1946.
Rajendra Prasad arranged her cremation but only after his return from the parade ground.
Rajendra Prasad travelled the world extensively as an ambassador of India, building diplomatic rapport with foreign nations.
Rajendra Prasad was re-elected for two consecutive terms in 1952 and 1957 and is the only President of India to achieve this feat.
Rajendra Prasad acted independently of political parties, following the expected role of the president as required by the constitution.
Rajendra Prasad's wife died on 9 September 1962, a month before Indo-China War.
Rajendra Prasad was honoured with Bharat Ratna, the nation's highest civilian award.
Babu Rajendra Prasad is 1980 short documentary film directed by Manjul Prabhat and produced by the Films Division of India which covers the life of the first president of India.