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Govind Ballabh Pant Statue to be Unveiled – Keypoints

Govind Ballabh Pant:

A statue of freedom fighter Govind Ballabh Pant that was removed from the Parliament premises recently would be unveiled at its new location, a roundabout opposite Gurdwara Rakab Ganj on Pandit Pant Marg in Delhi.

  • 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-organization 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 honor his exemplary services to the nation, he received Bharat Ratna, in 1957.