Neelam Sanjiva Reddy
‘Neelam Sanjiva Reddy’ was born on 19th May 1913 in Illur village in Madras Presidency in the present-day Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh.
Neelam Sanjiva Reddy had his primary education at Madras. He was married to Neelam Nagaratnamma. He joined the freedom struggle following Mahatma Gandhi’s visit to Anantapur in July 1929. During the Quit India Movement, he was imprisoned and was mostly in jail between 1940 to 1945.
Neelam Sanjiva Reddy was also a Member of the Indian Constituent Assembly which framed the Constitution of India. He became the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. He was elected President of the Indian National Congress thrice consecutively at its Bangalore, Bhavnagar, and Patna sessions from 1960 to 1962. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha twice. From June 1964 Reddy was Union Minister in the Lal Bahadur Shastri government. He also served as Union Minister in Indira Gandhi’s Cabinet.
Neelam Sanjiva Reddy was elected Speaker of the Fourth Lok Sabha. He became the sixth President of India in July 1977. He became the first person to be elected President of India without a contest. He remained in office from 25 July 1977 to 25 July 1982.
Reddy died on 1st June 1996 at the age of 83 in Bangalore, Karnataka. He was the youngest-ever President of India. He will always be remembered as a veteran statesman and administrator.