Life of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru

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Life of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru is a documentary film on first prime minister of Independent India. The documentary film is divided into several sections with an introduction by Indira Gandhi.

Born on November 14, 1889, Javaharlal was son of a well-established high court lawyer, Motilal Nehru. Nehru family originally belonged to Kashmir but they settled in Allahabad. Jawaharlal Nehru grew up in Allahabad at the residence- Anand Bhawan.

In 1905, Javaharlal Nehru moved to England for higher studies. This was the same year when back in India, British divided Bengal province that ignited Hindu Muslim conflict, creating outrage among Indians. In 1912 Nehru came back to India and enrolled himself as an advocate of Allahabad high court. However, unlike his father, Nehru had no interest in this profession. His involvement in national politics gradually replaced his legal practice.

One of very less known fact is that Nehru was one of the first leaders to demand complete and explicit break of all ties with British government. In 1927, he introduced a resolution demanding complete independence, which was rejected due to Gandhi’s opposition.

Nehru worked side by side with other revolutionaries like Gandhi, Patel, Rajendra Prasad, Maulana Azad etc. In 1940, Gandhi and Nehru launched limited civil disobedience campaign after which Nehru was arrested for four years’ imprisonment. Though, after a little more than an year, he was released along with other congress prisoners.

With the Independence of India, Nehru became the first prime minister of India. He served India for three consecutive terms, from 15th August 1947 until his death on 27th May 1964. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was a passionate advocate of education in youth and children of India. His government started various institutions for higher learning including Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), Indian Institutes of Management (IIM), National Institutes of Technology (NIT) and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

The film presents various aspects of Nehru’s life based on his autobiography. The film also has gathered several rare footages of Pandit Nehru and other freedom fighters.

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