One of the foremost Indian Jurists, Benegal Narsing Rao also known as B.N. Rau was born on 26th February 1887. He was appointed as the constitutional advisor to the Constitutional Assembly in formulating the Indian Constitution.
Born in Mangalore into a family of intellectuals, his father Benegal Raghavendra Rau was an eminent doctor in the region. After passing matriculation in 1901 from Canara High School, he joined the Presidency College on Madras. In 1910 he entered the Indian Civil Service and his distinguished work brought him a Knighthood in 1938.
Another interesting aspect of Rau is that he helped draft the constitutions of Burma (Myanmar) and India. He was also served as India’s representative on the United Nations Security Council; he was serving as president of the council when it recommended armed assistance to South Korea. Later he was also appointed as a Judge of the International Court.
Interestingly, Rau also served as the Prime Minister of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir for a short period, soon after his retirement.
In 1988, on the occasion of his birth centenary, India Post has issued 60 Paisa commemorative stamps to honor B.N. Rau.
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