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Govind Ballabh Pant – Bharat Ratna Adward Winner

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Born on the 10th of September in the year 1887, Govind Ballabh Pant was an eminent freedom fighter during India’s freedom struggle against the British, who played a key role in the nationalistic movements, along with Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. He was one of the significant political leaders from the state of Uttarakhand, who had a key role in making Hindi the official language of the nation.

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The government of India honored him with the Bharat Ratna Award in the year 1957, and as on today, there are a number of foundations, educational institutions and hospitals which have been named after him, as a tribute to his contributions towards public welfare.

He was a significant entity during all the freedom movements of the nation, be it the Salt March or the Satyagraha, during which he was even arrested for a couple of weeks. He made a record for himself by being the first chief minister for the state of Uttar Pradesh ever since India attained independence.

He also served as the home minister of India, for a period of seven years, from 1955 to 1961.

He passed away on the 7th of March in 1961, as a result of a cerebral stroke.


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