Children's Day 2017: Rare and unseen photos of Jawaharlal Nehru
India is celebrating the Children's Day or Bal Diwas on November 14 on the occasion of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's birth anniversary.
Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of the nation, nurtured scholastic influence, love for nature and fellow-beings particularly, for children.
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was very much fond of children, and it was because of his love and affection for children that made Indians celebrate Children's Day. As per facts, Children's Day was celebrated on 20 November, which was observed as the Universal Children's Day by the United Nations. But, after Pandit Nehru's death in 1964, it was decided to celebrate his birthday as Children's Day.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi today remembered country's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his 128th birth anniversary.
"Wish the nation on the occasion of Birth Anniversary of first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, today," Naidu tweeted.
"Tributes to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary," he wrote on Twitter.
Take a look at rare and unseen photos of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's childhood.
Jawaharlal Nehru was born in Kashmiri Brahmin family
Jawaharlal Nehru, 'Chacha Nehru', was born on 14 November 1889, in a wealthy Kashmiri Brahmin family in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. Jawaharlal was the eldest of three children of Motilal Nehru and Swaruprani Thussu. Courtesy: Biography.com
Nehru family was elitist
Motilal Nehru was a renowned advocate and also an influential political activist. Nehru family was elitist in most of their practices and English was spoken and encouraged. His father, Motilal Nehru appointed English and Scottish teachers to supervise his children's education at home. Courtesy: Biography.com
Jawaharlal was the eldest of three children
Jawaharlal was the eldest of three children, two of whom were girls. The elder sister, Vijaya Lakshmi, later became the first female president of the United Nations General Assembly. The youngest sister, Krishna Hutheesing, became a noted writer and authored several books on her brother. Courtesy: Biography.com
Nehru grew up in atmosphere of privilege
Nehru described his childhood as a "sheltered and uneventful one". He grew up in an atmosphere of privilege at wealthy homes including a palatial estate called the Anand Bhavan. His father had him educated at home by private governesses and tutors. Courtesy: Biography.com
Under the influence of a tutor, Ferdinand T. Brooks, he became interested in science and theosophy. He was subsequently initiated into the Theosophical Society at age thirteen by family friend Annie Besant. Courtesy: Biography.com