Chakravarti Rajagopalachari – Bharat Ratna Adward Winner
Born on the 10th of December in the year 1878 in a village near Madras (currently Chennai), Chakravarti Rajagopalachari was a renowned nationalist leader of the country, who made a record for himself by being the first governor general of the nation. One of the very first recipients of the Bharat Ratna Award, he was the founding member of the Swatantra Party.
Completing his degree in law from the Madras Law College, he went on to become one of the most prominent members of the then immensely powerful Indian National Congress Party, under Mahatma Gandhi’s leadership, with whom he was very close.
After India attained independence in 1947, he became the first Indian governor general for the state of West Bengal the following year, succeeding the last British governor general of the country: Lord Mountbatten.
Two years later, in 1950, he became the home minister under Nehru’s reign. He made a significant contribution to literature and music, one of which was his abridged edition of the famous Indian epic: Mahabharata. He was also keen about the introduction of religious studies in school education.
Throughout his lifespan, he voiced against corruption in bureaucracy and administration. He passed away on the 25th of December, 1972.