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Chakravarti Rajagopalachari (1878 – 1972)

Chakravarti Rajagopalachari

Rajagopalachari (Rajaji) was born on 10th December 1878.He was an Indian independence activist, lawyer, politician and statesman. He was the last Governor General of India.

Rajagopalachari was the last Governor-General of India, as India became a republic in 1950. He also served as leader of the Indian National Congress, Premier of the Madras Presidency, Governor of West Bengal, Minister for Home Affairs of the Indian Union and Chief Minister of Madras state.

Rajagopalachari founded the Swatantra Party and was one of the first recipients of India's highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna.

 He vehemently opposed the use of nuclear weapons and was a proponent of world peace and disarmament. During his lifetime, he also acquired the nickname 'Mango of Salem'. Rajagopalachari played a vital role in Indian Freedom Movement. By November 1972, Rajaji’s health begun to decline, and on 25th December 1972 he passed away. He died at the age of 94.

Rajagopalachari was appointed Minister of Industry, Supply, Education and Finance in the Interim Government of India, and then as the Governor of West Bengal from 1947 to 1948, Governor-General of India from 1948 to 1950, Union Home Minister from 1951 to 1952 and as Chief Minister of Madras state from 1952 to 1954. 

In 1959, he resigned from the Indian National Congress and founded the Swatantra Party, which fought against the Congress in the 1962, 1967 and 1971 elections. 

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