The Newsletter 52 Winter 2009

Children's Day in India

Rituparna Roy

Children’s Day is one of the most eagerly awaited events in the Indian school calendar. Celebrated on 14th November, it commemorates the birthday of ‘Chacha Nehru’ (Uncle Nehru), as Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was aff ectionately called by the children he loved so well. Nehru was not just one of the foremost leaders of the Indian national movement, and independent India’s first Prime Minister – his seventeen uninterrupted years in offi ce (from 1947 till his death in 1964) known as the ‘Nehruvian era’ – he was also incredibly fond of children. Many of the most popular images of the leader show him talking or listening attentively to children.