For India, the politics aside Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru continues to hold pride of place as the first Prime Minister of Independent India. A man who led from the front in the fight to give India her freedom. On his birthday which is celebrated as Children’s Day India gave him a befitting tribute through commemorative events.

For Lucknow’s Haya Fatima it is quite a walk down memory lane. An engineer by profession, she has a unique stamp collection along with a first day cover issued on Pandit Nehru. She also boasts of having special coins that have his face embossed on it. The stamps and the first day cover were issued on 12 June 1964 and 15 August 1973 respectively through the Indian Postal Department. The unique and old coins of 5 rupees, one rupee and 50 paise with his picture on it are also part of her collection, adding to the novelty.

Haya said that Nehru ji was very fond of children. He used to say that children are the future of the country, they should be loved and should be well looked after. So that you can be a good person and live on your feet and get a good training. The children used to call him Chacha Nehru fondly. Pandit Nehru’s image was like a leader who spoke less and thought more. In 1955, Pandit Nehru was awarded the ‘Bharat Ratna’, the country’s highest honour. He emerged as a major leader during the freedom struggle. His contribution to the country will always be remembered. He died on 27 May 1964.

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