Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tribute to the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his 131st birth anniversary.
“My humble tributes to the country’s first prime minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary,” Modi tweeted.
Born in 1889, the Congress stalwart remains India’s longest-serving prime minister.
This day is also celebrated as ‘Bal Diwas’ (Children’s Day) across India to raise awareness about the rights of children and to provide adequate education and care for all.
Fondly known as ‘Chacha Nehru’ (Uncle Nehru), his popularity with children and his fondness for them in return contributed to his birth anniversary being marked as the day for celebrating children and advocating for their rights. It was only after Jawaharlal Nehru’s death that this day was deliberated by the Parliament to be celebrated as National Children’s Day, in his honour.