Last Updated: 10 Aug, 2023 | Views: 403
Other Profession(s): Writer, Activist
Famous For: Fourth President of India
Higher Education: University College Dublin
Varahagiri Venkata Giri was served as the fourth president of India, from August 24, 1969, to August 24, 1974. He was a politician and activist from Berhampur, in the state of Odisha. He served as India's third vice president from May 13, 1967, until May 3, 1969. He made history by becoming the first president to do so on his own. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed succeeded him as president in 1974. After completing his term, Giri was given the Bharat Ratna by the Indian government in 1975.
In 1916: Giri enrolled with the Madras High Court upon his return to India.
In 1920: He gave up a successful legal career after Mahatma Gandhi called for a Non-Cooperation Movement.
In 1922: Giri was arrested for the first time because of a protest against booze stores.
In 1926: He became the first president of the All India Trade Union Congress.
In 1936: Giri overcame the Raja of Bobbili to gain election to the Madras Legislative Assembly.
Achievements and Awards:
In 1971: During the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire's founding, he received a Commemorative Medal.
In 1974: Giri received the Investiture Medal of King Jigme Singye.
In 1975: Giri was awarded the Bharat Ratna.
In India's history, only VV Giri has won the presidential election as an independent.
VV Giri, who was a leading freedom fighter, was imprisoned by the British colonial state in 1942 after the Quit India Movement or Bharat Chodho Andolan was launched.
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