Children’s Day | Why 14 November | Jawaharlal Nehru

Happy Children’s Day. Children’s Day is celebrated across India to increase awareness of the rights, care and education of children. Did you know why 14 November was choosen for Celebrating Children’s Day? Let’s know about this..

History of Children’s Day

Before the death of Sri Jawaharlal Nehru, the Children’s Day was celebrated on 20th November in India as well as World. But After the death of Jawaharlal Nehru in 1964, it was decided to celebrate his birthday or November 14 as Children’s Day in India. Nehru is often cited as saying that children should always be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they are the future of the nation and the citizens of tomorrow.

Importance of Jawaharlal Nehru to Children

Jawaharlal Nehru was called as Chacha Nehru for his love for children. Nehru took a special interest in the education system of the country. He not only ensured that every child in the country gets a free primary education, but also established several higher educational institutions including All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), and Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). Being the first prime minister of India, Chacha Nehru made the best possible efforts to bring positive changes that India needed to see in terms of the growth, nourishment and development of children and youths.
He even added the five years plan which included free primary education for children. He introduced a plan of building thousands of schools and also brought in a scheme to distribute free meals including milk to school children.

Special Note

Sixty BJP MPs have requested PM Narendra Modi to designate December 26 as ‘Children’s Day’ instead of November 14, the birth anniversary of India’s first PM Jawaharlal Nehru.
The request was made in a letter written by West Delhi MP Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma, which was signed by 59 other MPs. The lawmakers suggested that December 26, the martyrdom day of ‘Sahibzades’, the sons of Guru Gobind Singh, be observed as Children’s Day. Verma suggested that November 14 be celebrated as ‘Chacha Diwas’ in memory of Nehru. The proposal has been accepted and now it is under legal processing.

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