Remembering the 5th president of India

11 Feb 2019  Mon

Dr Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed was the 5th President of India. He held the Presidential office from 24th August 1974 - 11th February 1977. He became the second Muslim President of India.

He actively participated in the Indian Freedom struggle and in 1942 he was arrested in the Quit India movement and sentenced to 3 1/2 years' of imprisonment. During his tenure as president, he toured several countries like England, France, Germany and Italy. It was during his presidency that the then prime minister Indira Gandhi had declared a state of emergency. .

On 11th February 1977, he passed away after he collapsed in his office while preparing to attend his daily Namaz prayer. He was 72. Today his grave lies right across the Parliament of India next to the Sunhari Masjid, at Sansad Chowk, in New Delhi. .

On 22nd March 1977, a commemorative stamp of 25 NP (naye paise) was issued to commemorate Dr Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed.

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