A Tribute to our Freedom Fighters #7.

Posted: 02/08/2011 in Tributes

Chakravarthi Rajagoapalchari,   (Dec, 10, 1878  /  Dec, 25, 1972  )

 Popularly known as ‘Rajaji’ or ‘C.R.’, was born in a Tamil Brahmin family in a village of Salem district of Tamil Nadu. He was a great patriot, astute politician, incisive thinker, and a great statesman.

 Rajaji actively participated in Home League Rule under Bal Gangadhar Tilak. Later in 1919, he was highly influenced by the work of Gandhi Ji and chose to join him in the freedom struggle. Thereafter, he came into contact with Sardar Patel, Annie Besant, Rajendra Prasad and Maulana Azad.  . In 1946, he became minister in the interim government and finally in 1947, after independence, he was appointed as the governor of West Bengal. In 1948, he was honored with the title ‘First Indian Governor General of India’.

 In 1957, Rajaji founded the Swatantra Party with an aim to oppose the licensing system required to set up a business in India. He also published the Hindu epic Mahabharata that was translated from Sanskrit to Tamil and then to Hindi. Till his last breath, he served the country and worked for its betterment.

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