We took up this project with all sincerity and earnestness so as to complete it quickly
within a reasonable time frame. Since the work of bringing out publications by the
state Archives from time to time had almost stopped, there were some initial
difficulties in the beginning. But we met the challenges successfully and the results are
before us. In 2009 the "Documentation of Records on the Ghadar in Tirhoot
(1857) ': compiled by D, Ashok Aounshuman and Srikant, was released by the
Hon able Chief Minister of Bihar Shri Nitish Kumar. The present collection of
documents relating to Rajendra Prasad is, however, different in one respect from the
earlier publications in the sense that it is the outcome of the efforts of the employees and
the director of the State Archives of Bihar. We feel gratified that in this way we got an
opportunity to pay our tributes to a great freedom fighter and the first President of our
Although several volumes containing Prasad's correspondence as well as his biographies
have been published in recent years by scholars such as Valmiki Chaudhary,
RL.Handa, S.M Wasi, KL.Punjabi and KK Datta, no collection of government
documents/ photographs have been published so far. Since both as an outstanding
.freedom fighter and the first President of Indian Republic Prasad's area of activity was
not limited to anyone state or country, documents/photographs relating to him should
be available in the various state archives, national archives of India and even archives
located outside the country. It is in the fitness of things that the Bihar State Archives has
taken the lead in this regard and it is expected that it would be followed by others.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my deep sense of gratitude to the Hon able
Chief Minister of Bihar Shri Nitish Kumar, Hon able Chief Minister Shri Sushil
Kumar Modi, previous Principal Secretaries (Cabinet Affairs) Sri Girish Shankar
laws., Shri Afzal Amanullah IA.S., as well as the present Principal Secretary
(Cabinet Affairs) Sri Ravikant, I.A.S., and previous Secretary of Art, Culture, Sports
and Youth Affairs, Sri Vivek Kumar Singh, I.A.S.
I requested Sri Tejakar far, a scholar working in the field of visual history for last ten
years, to edit this Album. He is also on the editorial advisory board for production of
the album. We extend our heartfelt thanks for his contribution.
As the director of the Bihar State Archives I would also like to express my sense of
appreciation and thankfulness to my colleagues Shri Rabindra Nath Baitha, the
Assistant Director of Archives, Senior Archivist Dr. fawahar Lal Verma, Dr. Badshah
Chaubey, Dr. Chandra Mohan Singh, Shri Sanjay umar Khan, Shri faichand
Choudhary, Dr. Urmila Kumari, Shri Uday Kumar Thakur, Dr. Bharti Sharma,
Ram Kumar Singh, Librarian of Archives Dr. Nagendra Nath [ha, Shri Ratan
Kumar, Shri Sudhir Kumar, Shri Mukesh Kumar, Shri Suryakant Kumar Razak,
Md. Aslam, Sarpanch Ram as well as the staff of computer division and preservation
section who have given their valuable help and assistance in the completion of this
project. I sincerely congratulate them all on this successful Endeavour.
Later, as the country got rid of the reins of colonial power, 'Babuji' was escorted to
become the first President of the Republic of India. He held the authority without ever
becoming authoritarian, maintained the dignity of the chair without ignoring the
tradition and set an example of how one could negotiate the ups and downs of the long
range of space from an interior village of rural Bihar to the position of the first citizen
of the country.
Match has already been written on his lift. Here, simply an attempt has been made to
present some of his photographs of the period from the 1890s to 1963. These
photographs help us in getting glimpses of the moments of his struggle, his thinking
and his mindset. Let such moments remain alive and continue to inspire the
generations to come in future to generate. their own interpretations and discover
appropriate strategies of struggle for the freedom of mart. and society.
All the photographs are included in four sections,' 'Personal Moments - with family
and friends ': 'Towards Freedom - with conviction ': "Leading India - Consolidating
the Republic': and "Journey's End - Eternal Peace". The first section includes his
photographs with the members of his joint family. One can notice him participating
in different rituals and ceremonies and playing with his grandchildren on various
occasions. It seems that he never allowed his primordial family and village ties to wane
in spite of his increasing activities in life.
In the second section, there are photographs (of the period before he became the
President of the Republic of India) showing his involvement in the national freedom
movement as well as the affairs of the state of Bihar. One finds him interacting with
political leaders, British officials, zamindars & chieftains, etc. on different occasions.
The third section "Leadi1:zg India - Consolidating the Republic" contains the
photographs of Dr. Rajendra Prasad as the first President of the Republic of India.
These photographs are the visual records of his visits to different states (in India) and
countries on different occasions. Besides, one also gets a view of the activities of the
President in the Presidential house.
The last section contains his photographs (after his tenure of President ship), at the
Sadaqat Ashram in Patna, on the bank of Ganga.
We express our gratitude to Smt. Tara Sinha (grand daughter of Dr. Rajendra
Prasad), Mr. Tara Sharan Sinha (ex-Director of Bihar State Archives),
Maharajadhiraja Kameshwar Singh Kalyani Foundation (Darbhanga, HH
Mahendra Singhji of Udaipur-Mewar, MaharaJakumar C V. Singh and Kumar
Shivang Vijay Singh (Dumraon), Maharajakumar Indra Vikram Singhji of
Rajpipla (Gujarat), National Archives (Delhi), Archives of the Rashtrapati Bhavan
(New Delhi), Rajendra Smriti Sangrahalaya (Pattja), Sri Rohit Raje Pawar of
Surgana (Maharashtra), Sri Siddhi Shankar (classical vocalist), and others, for
granting us access to their collections of photographs and helping us in identifying
persons shown in the photographs with Dr. Rajen.dra Prasad. We extend our special
thanks to Ms.Shweta Sinha of Mis. Vigyapan flare the beautiful layout design and printing of the book and working with great expertise on the old photographs scanned from originals as well as printed books, journals and news papers.
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