Chakravarti Rajagopalachari was informally called as Rajaji and he was a prominent figure in India’s freedom struggle. Nicknamed as Mango of Krishnagiri, Rajaji was the last Governor-General of India. Here are some interesting facts about him:
1. EDUCATION AND LAW PRACTICE
After finishing law from the Presidency College in Chennai, Rajagopalachari began his law practice in Salem in the year 1900. Later, he went on to become the chairperson of the municipality of Salem in 1917 and served there for two years.
2. FORMATION OF TAMIL SCIENTIFIC TERMS SOCIETY
He formed an organization in 1916 that translated scientific terms of chemistry, physics, mathematics, astronomy and biology into simple Tamil word and it was named Tamil Scientific Terms Society,
3. JOINING INDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
He joined Congress and as a legal advisor and defended Indian Independence activist, P. Varadarajulu Naidu against charges of sedition in 1917.
13. JOINING THE UNION CABINET
Nehru invited Rajagopalachari to join the Union Cabinet as Minister without Portfolio where he served as a buffer between Nehru and Home Minister Sardar Patel.
14. HOME AFFAIRS MINISTER
After Sardar Patel’s death in 1950, Rajagopalachari was finally made Home Affairs Minister and went on to serve for nearly 10 months.
15. THE PASSING OF THE TITAN
In November 1972, Rajagopalachari’s health had begun to decline. Suffering from uraemia, dehydration and a urinary infection, Rajagopalachari died on 25th December, 1972 at the age of 94.