He remained in a thatched -roof
house before he shifted to DELHI in 1946 & took to office
as MINISTER, FOOD & AGRICULTURE, later as PRESIDENT of the
CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY (1946-1949) & still later, as the
FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDIA (1952-1962). After
relinquishing the office of the PRESIDENT OF INDIA in MAY
1962, he returned to PATNA on 14th MAY 1962 and preferred to
stay in the campus of BIHAR VIDYAPEETH rather than anywhere
else. He lived for some months in the old house with thatched
roof, which he had occupied earlier till 1946. This house was
not at all suitable for his age and the state of health.
Therefore LOKNAYAK JAYPRAKASH NARAYAN volunteered and
collected some funds to get a small house constructed in a
corner of BIHAR VIDYAPEETH'S MANGO-GROVE. DESHRATNA Dr.
RAJENDRA PRASAD lived in this house until his passing away on
28th FEBRUARY, 1963.
Dr. Rajendra Prasad began his
professional career by practising law in Calcutta. His
interest in national upliftment led him to participate in the
Champaran Satyagraha in 1917. He was a follower of Gandhi and
toured all over the country spreading his ideals.
He served thrice as the President of the Congress (1934, 1939
and 1947) and in 1952 was elected as the first President of
The following passages are
taken from his speech delivered while unveiling the statue of
Mahatma Gandhi at Delhi.
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