Neelam Sanjiva Reddy Biography
(Sixth President of India)
Birthday: May 19, 1913 (Taurus)
Born In: Illur, Anantapur District, Madras Presidency, British India
Neelam Sanjiva Reddy was an Indian politician, freedom activist, and the sixth President of India. He was the youngest President of India and remained in the office of the President from 1977 to 1982. India was under the British rule in the 1930s and Neelam dropped out of college to join India’s freedom movement. He participated in the ‘Quit India Movement,’ and was later jailed. He joined the Congress Party and kept working toward the ultimate goal of the Indian freedom struggle – freedom from the British rule.. In 1953, after India got its independence, he became the deputy Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and three years later, he became the first Chief Minister of the newly formed state of Andhra Pradesh. He stayed in the office until 1960. He again held the office as Chief Minister in 1962, and continued until 1964. He also served as Speaker of the ‘Lok Sabha’ and as a minister in the union cabinet. He was elected as the sixth President of India unopposed in 1977 and served until 1982.