Sept. 11, 2019

President Ramnath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant on his 132nd Birth Anniversary.


  • Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant (1887 – 1961) was a lawyer, an Indian freedom fighter and one of the architects of modern India.

  • In 1921, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh.

  • He was an untiring participant in both the Non-Cooperation Movement and the Civil Disobedience Movement.

  • He was also a member of the Central Legislative Assembly and the Constituent Assembly.

  • He served as the 2nd Chief Minister of United Provinces from 1937 to 1939.

  • After independence, he served as the 1st Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh from 1950 to 1954.

  • He served as Union Home Minister from 1955–1961.

  • As Home Minister, his chief achievement was the re-organisation of States along linguistic lines.

  • He was also responsible for the establishment of Hindi as an official language of the central government and a few states.

  • To honour his exemplary services to the nation, he received Bharat Ratna, in 1957.