The nation is celebrating the 130th birth anniversary of the first Prime Minister of independent India, Pt Jawaharlal Nehru. Nehru, who was born on November 14, 1889, was known for his love for children and was fondly called Chacha Nehru. He once said: "The children of today will make the India of tomorrow. The way we bring them up will determine the future of the country".
The day continues to be a special for children as they are showered with gifts, and more importantly, a lot of attention. Schools organise events like debates, quiz competitions, and music performances to entertain the students and also distribute clothes, chocolates and books to orphans and underprivileged children.
However, before 1964, Children's day was celebrated in India on November 20, which was observed as the universal Children's Day by the United Nations. But after Nehru's death in 1964, the nation decided to celebrate his birthday as Children's Day to honour his memory.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to the leader and remembered his contribution in India's freedom struggle.
"Remembering our first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary. We recall his contribution to our freedom struggle and during his tenure as Prime Minister." tweeted PM Modi.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also paid his tributes to Pt Nehru on his birth anniversary.