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Choudhary Charan Singh was born on December 23,1902 in Noorpur district of Uttar Pradesh in a poor peasant’s family. He was influenced by Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violence and entered India’s independence movement. After India’s Independence he came to be associated with socialism in the rural areas. In 1952 he was Revenue Minister of Uttar Pradesh and one of his major contributions was that he did away with the Zamindari system and also brought in Land Reform [...]

About Chakravarti Rajagopalachari, also called as Rajaji or C.R., was an independence lawyer, politician, writer, statesman and independence activist. He was the last Governor-General of India, a leader of the Indian National Congress, Governor of West Bengal, Premier of the Madras Presidency, Chief Minister of of Madras state and Minister of Home Affairs of the Indian Union. He is the founder of the Swatantra Party. He acquired the nickname ‘Mango of Krishnagiri’. Early Life Rajagopalachari [...]

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Jayalalitha became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the third time in May 2011. The former popular Tamil film star has had a rollercoaster journey in Indian politics. Starting as a political disciple of the late MG Ramachandran, she rose to head the AIADMK (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) and finally became the Chief Minister of the state. She contested the State Legislative Assembly elections from Srirangam in May 2011. Background Born on [...]

Indira Gandhi, the first and the only female Prime Minister of India, was born on 19th November 1917. She was the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, and Kamala Nehru. As a child of a freedom fighter she was also involved in India’s freedom struggle. She organized the Vanar Sena of boys and girls who used to help in the circulation of messages and banned publications of the members of the [...]

Inder Kumar Gujral served as the Prime Minister of India from 21 April 1997 to 19 March 1998. Born on 4 December 1919, in Jhelum, Pakistan, he actively participated in India’s freedom struggle. He served as India’s ambassador to Russia. Gujral left the Congress Party in the mid-1980s to join the Janata Dal. After the 1989 elections, he served as the Minister of External Affairs in V.P.Singh’s ministry. One of the main issues during his [...]

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was born on 11 November, 1888 in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. He was a leading figure in India’s struggle for freedom and a noted writer, poet and journalist. He adopted the pen name Azad (Free). In his childhood, Azad had a traditional Islamic education, along with training in subjects like mathematics, philosophy, world history and science by tutors at his home. Through his own efforts, he learnt English, along with Western philosophy, [...]

Madan Mohan Malaviya Born on December 25, 1861, in an educated orthodox Hindu family, Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya was a freedom fighter, an educationist and a social reformer with a vision of independent and self-reliant India. Apart from holding the post of the President of Indian National Congress, he represented India along with Mahatma Gandhi at the First Round Table Conference In 1931. Founder of the prestigious Banaras Hindu University (BHU) at Varanasi, he was [...]

Sheila Dikshit Sheila Dikshit served as the chief minister of Delhi for three consecutive terms, lasting from 1998 to 2013. She was the second woman chief minister of Delhi, after succeeding the previous Delhi chief minister, Sushma Swaraj. Dikshit is an alumni of the Miranda House College in Delhi and holds a Master of Arts degree. She has also been honoured with the Doctor of Philosophy (Honouris Causa) from the University of Delhi. Dikshit was [...]

Govind Ballabh Pant born on August 30,1887, in the hills of Almora, Govind Ballabh Pant showed remarkable promise in school. After finishing school, young Govind went to Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh and enrolled at the Muir Central College. Soon, he became a known face among all his teachers and friends. While in college, Govind excelled in literature, mathematics and politics. During this period, Govind Ballabh Pant was immensely impressed by the speeches and ideals of Gopalkrishna [...]

Balasaheb Gangadhar Kher was a notable politician of India. He was born on 24 August 1888 in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra. After spending a few years of his childhood at Kundgol, he shifted to Pune to study at the New English School. In 1908, he passed the Bachelor of Arts examination from the Wilson College, Bombay with distinction and was awarded the Bhau Daji Lad prize for securing the highest marks in Sanskrit. Balasaheb Gangadhar Kher was [...]