Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid his tributes to the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on the occasion of his 131st birth anniversary. 

Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister said, “My humble tribute to the first Prime Minister of the country, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary.”

Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also paid homage, saying the country must endeavour to uphold the values he stood for. 

“Today, India celebrates the birth anniversary of its first PM Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru ji: a towering visionary who laid the foundation of our country with values of brotherhood, egalitarianism & modern outlook.”

Nehru’s birth anniversary is also observed as Children’s Day in India because of his affinity for children, for which he was fondly known as ‘Chacha Nehru’. 

He was born on November 14, 1889 in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj and became independent India’s first Prime Minister on August 15, 1947 following the end of the British rule. He breathed his last on May 27 1964.