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C. RAJAGOPALACHARI

 

C. RAJAGOPALACHARI

A great patriot, acclaimed statesman and accomplished scholar, thinker and humanist, Chakravarti Rajagopalachari was the embodiment of the best in Indian life and culture.  Rajaji, as he was popularly known, was a man who, by virtue of his sacrifices, humility and simplicity, became an institution by himself.  In the pre-Independence period, he functioned as the Prime Minister of Madras.  Rajaji's services to the nation are a shining chapter in the history of the emancipation of our country.  He was indeed a colossus who strode across India's national scene for decades.  He was also the first Indian Governor-General of the country.  He was Governor of West Bengal for a while.  He was also Union Home Minister after Sardar Patel's death.  Later, he became the Chief Minster of Madras.  He was also the founder of the Swatantra Party.  A renowned writer, he had many reputed works to his credit.  He was also a staunch campaigner for world peace and nuclear disarmament.

The portrait, painted by N.S. Subhakrishna, was unveiled by the then President of India, Dr. Neelam Sanjiva Reddy on 21 August 1978.

The portrait was donated by the Rajaji Centenary Committee.