10 DECEMBER C RAJAGOPALACHARI (1878 TO 1972)
Born on 10 December 1878 in Thorapalli Agraharam, Tamil Nadu, Chakravarti Rajagopalachari was an Indian statesman, writer, lawyer, and freedom fighter. Fondly called Rajaji or CR, he is known to be one of the most influential leaders of modern Indian politics, as he was a very progressive man, way ahead of his time. Gandhiji hailed Rajaji as his ‘conscience keeper,’ for he epitomized practical wisdom, religious tolerance, and statesmanship. In 1947, when the term of Lord Mountbatten ended, Rajaji had the distinction of serving as India’s first and last Indian Governor-General for a brief period until India became a Republic in January 1950. C Rajagopalachari was honoured with the Bharat Ratna in 1954. He passed away on 25 December 1972.
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