Sri C. Rajagopalachari
Rajagopalachari with Mahatma Gandhi
“Swami Vivekananda saved Hinduism and saved India. But for him, we would have lost our religion and would not have gained our freedom. We therefore owe everything to Swami Vivekananda.”
– Sri Chakravarthi Rajagopalachari (Dec 10, 1878 – Dec 25, 1972). He was popularly known as Rajaji or C.R. He was the first governor general of Independent India and was an Indian lawyer, writer, statesman and a devout Hindu.
” I had the special privilege of being introduced to the writings, sayings, and life of Swami Vivekananda and the Ramakrishna Mission. That was when I was very small. In fact both my parents and specially my mother had very close connections with the Mission. And I can truly say that the words of Swami Vivekananda inspired the whole of my family, in our political work as well as in our daily lives.”
– Indira Gandhi (Nov 19, 1917 – Oct 31, 1984) She was the Prime minister of India from Jan 19, 1966 to March 24, 1977 and again from Jan 14, 1980 until her assasination on Oct 31, 1984. She was the daughter of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.