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Neelam Sanjiva Reddy Biography

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The sixth president of independent India, Neelam Sanjiva Reddy was born on the 19th of May in the year 1913. Renowned for his long political career as a member of the Indian National Congress Party, he has been distinctly recognized for the various roles he took up in his career—be it the first chief minister of the state of Andhra Pradesh, or being the two time speaker of the Lok Sabha.

The most noted achievement of his was to become the youngest president of India on the 21st of July in the year 1977. He had been an active member of India’s freedom movements, and was arrested during his participation in the Civil Disobedience Movement.

He became the member of the Indian Constituent Assembly from the state of Madras (presently known as Chennai) and was also appointed as the Minister of Prohibition, Housing and Forests for the state of Madras.

He enjoyed the post as Congress President for two years, from the year 1960 until 1962, and also as the Union Minister, for three years from 1964 until 1967.

Succeeded by next President Giani Zail Singh, Reddy wrote a book called “Without Fear or Favor: Reminiscences and Reflections of a President” which was published in the year 1989. He passed away on the 1st of June, 1996 at the age of 83, in Bangalore, Karnataka.

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