Motilal Nehru Biography

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Motilal Nehru Motilal Nehru was an Indian independence activist and leader of the Indian National Congress. He was born on May 6,1861 in Agra, India.

He was one of the first Indians to receive 'Western' education in India. He attended Muir College at Agra but failed to appear for his Bachelor of Arts degree examinations. Motilal Nehru then enlisted himself as a lawyer in the English courts. He became a barrister and settled in Allahabad. As a successful barrister, he earned the honor of appearing in the Privy Council of Great Britain.

Motilal Nehru was an active Indian independence activist. He was arrested by the British police during the Non-Cooperation Movement. Although Motilal Nehru was at first close to Mahatma Gandhi, later on he developed some differences with him and joined the Swaraj Party which tried to enter the British backed councils. The Swaraj Party became a failure; and Nehru returned to the Congress.

Motilal Nehru was the prime mover of the Nehru Commission (1928), the first constitution written by Indians which sought a dominion status for India within the British Empire. It was rejected by hard line Indians who saw it as an unfair document not representing the varied interests of the native Indian population.

Motilal Nehru's failing health kept him out of the pre-independent Indian politics when Mahatma Gandhi started the Salt Satyagraha. He was arrested in 1930, but was released quickly due to his deteriorating physical condition. This freedom fighter and a prominent figure in Indian National Congress passed away on February 6, 1931.

Facts and Information about Motilal Nehru

Born24 September 1861
Place of BirthAgra, British India
Died6 February 1931 (aged 69) Lucknow, British India
Spouse NameSwaroop Rani Thussu
ChidrenJawaharlal Nehru
EducationAlma mater University of Cambridge. He was one of the first Indians to receive 'Western' education in India. He attended Muir College at Agra but failed to appear for his Bachelor of Arts degree examinations.
Profession before joining politicsIndian National Congress
Political CareerIndian lawyer, an activist of the Indian National Movement and an important leader of the Indian National Congress,

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Last Updated on : August 7, 2015



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