Purushottam Das Tandon – Bharat Ratna Adward Winner
Born on the 1st of August, in the year 1882, Purushottam Das Tandon was a renowned freedom fighter from the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, who played a pivotal role in making Hindi the official language of India.
Honored with the Bharat Ratna Award by the government of India in the year 1961, he was also honored with the title of Rajarshi, which means “royal saint.” He was a member of the Lok Seva Sangh and participated with full devotion in all of India’s nationalistic movements, including the Satyagraha and the non-cooperation movement, during which he was even arrested along with many other leaders.
He served as the speaker of the Legislative Assembly for the state of Uttar Pradesh, from 1937 to 1950, i.e. for a period of 13 years. In the year 1946, one year prior to India’s independence, he was elected to the Constituent Assembly of India.
During his span, he strongly opposed any religious conversions, and believed that everyone had the right to follow their own religion and there was no need of conversion under any circumstance.
He passed away on the 1st of July in the year 1962.