Freedom Fighter 135th Birthday Celebration
New Delhi: Govind Ballabh Pant was an Indian freedom fighter and the first Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. He was born on September 10, 1887 and today is his 135th birthday.
Pant played an important role in India’s struggle for independence and later became an important figure in the Indian government, alongside Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Vallabh Bhai Patel.
Beginning of the life of the Govind Ballabh pants:
Govind Ballabh Pant was born into a Marathi Karhade Brahmin family in the village of Khoont near Almora.
Pant attended Allahabad University and later practiced law in Kashipur. In 1914 he helped a local parishad, or village council, successfully meet the challenge of the coolie begar, a rule requiring villagers to provide free travel luggage for British civil servants.
It was then that he began to work actively against the British Raj.
Political career of Govind Ballabh Pant:
Govibd Ballabh Pant entered politics in 1921 and won a seat in the Legislative Assembly of the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh.
He spoke out on issues that affected the majority of people during his tenure in the Assembly and advocated for an end to the Zamindari system. He was also a proponent of forest preservation.
He never supported a separate minority electorate when he was chief minister. The Hindu Code Bill was approved by the Assembly when it was in power. Hindu men were forced into monogamy and Hindu women were granted the privilege of divorce and inheriting ancestral property.
Later, he served as Home Minister of India from 1955 to 1961.
His role in India’s freedom struggle:
In the mid-1920s Pant was chosen by the Congress party to represent Ramprasad Bismill, Ashfaqulla Khan and other revolutionaries engaged in the Kakori case.
In 1928, he took part in the protests against the Simon Commission.
Pant organized a salt movement in the United Provinces after Mahatma Gandhi launched his salt march in March 1930. He was arrested in May 1930 following his resettlement and had to serve several weeks in prison.
Pant was arrested and imprisoned in 1940 for helping organize the Satyagraha movement.
He was detained once again in 1942, this time for signing the Quit India resolution.
Govind ballabh pants awards and achievements:
In 1957, he was awarded India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, for his selfless service to the nation.