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Pope John Paul II in India
DEL99110701 - 07 NOVEMBER 1999 - NEW DELHI, INDIA: Pope John Paul II drives by a large crowd in New Delhi's sprawling Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, November 7, on his way to celebrate a special mass with tens of thousands of Indian Christians. The pontiff gave a call for greater evangelization of Asia. The papal visit to India has been clouded by irate protests by angry Hindu zealots who are demanding a ban on conversions. jr/str UPI
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Jawaharlal Nehru (IPA:  ( listen), Hindi: जवाहरलाल नेहरू, Urdu: جواهر لال نهرو;‎ 14 November 1889 – 27 May 1964) often referred to affectionately as 'Pandit-ji', was an Indian statesman who was the first and longest-serving Prime Minister of India (1947–1964). One of the leading figures in the Indian independence movement, Nehru was elected by the Indian National Congress to assume office as independent India's first Prime Minister, and re-elected when the Congress Party won India's first general election in 1952. As one of the founders of the Non-Aligned Movement, he was also one of the principal leaders of India’s independence movement in the 1930s and ’40s. Nehru established parliamentary government and became noted for his “neutralist” policies in foreign affairs.

The son of the wealthy man and politician Motilal Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru became a leader of the left wing of the Congress when fairly young. Rising to become Congress President under the mentorship of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Nehru was a charismatic and radical leader, advocating complete independence for India from the British Empire. In the long struggle for Indian independence, Nehru was eventually recognized as Gandhi's political heir. Throughout his life, Nehru was also an advocate for Fabian socialism and the public sector as the means by which long-standing challenges of economic development could be addressed by poorer nations.

Jawaharlal Nehru was born to Motilal Nehru (1861–1931) and Swaroop Rani (1863–1954) in a Kashmiri Pandit family in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. He was educated in India and Britain. In England, he attended the independent boy's school, Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge. During his time in Britain, Nehru was also known as Joe Nehru.

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