Zail Singh Biography
(President of India)
Birthday: May 5, 1916 (Taurus)
Born In: Faridkot, Punjab, India
Gyani Zail Singh, who served as the seventh President of the Republic of India was the first Sikh to serve in this post. He was a very religious person and had in depth knowledge about the Guru Granth Sahib even though he lacked formal secular education. He was a freedom fighter and social reformer who always emphathized with the downtrodden and did all that he could possibly do for the upliftment of the society. He was interested in politics from an early age and was deeply influenced by the martyrdom of Bhagat Singh and his companions who gave up their precious lives fighting for the freedom of the country. Young Zail, who was just 16 at the time of the incident resolved to follow in their footsteps and contribute towards the welfare of his nation. He fervently participated in nationalist activities and was frequently imprisoned, even kept in solitary confinement. Yet nothing could break the determined man’s spirit. As fate would have it, this aspiring politician soon joined the Indian National Congress and held several prestigious posts in the cabinet before being elected the president of India.