Updated: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:30:00 GMT | By S Chandrashekar/India Syndicate
Past Prime Ministers: Those who came before

We take a look back at the woman and men who have led the country in the past



Jawaharlal Nehru (left) (© Getty Images)
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Born in Allahabad on November 14, 1889, Jawaharlal Nehru was the first Prime Minister of an independent India, an honor formally ratified by the Congress. It was a position he held till his death in 1964. Universally credited with infusing strains of modern values and scientific thinking among the population, he was aware of the need for rapid economic and social growth and championed agrarian and land reforms, as well as industrialization.

Jawaharlal Nehru died on May 27, 1964, at the age of 74.

Quote: Our chief defect is that we are more given to talking about things than to doing them.

Trivia: Did you know Jawaharlal Nehru received 11 nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize? Three of those came in 1951 and 1953. His last nomination came in 1955 – by Edmond Privat, a professor at Neuchatel University in Switzerland

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