Nicknames of Important Indian Leaders

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Mohandas Karamchand GandhiMahatma, Bapu, Father of the Nation
Dadabhai NaorojiGrand Old Man of India
Bal Gangadhar TilakLokmanya
Rabindranath TagoreGurudev
Pt Madan Mohan MalviyaMahamana
Khan Abdul Gaffar KhanFrontier Gandhi, Badshah Khan
Vallabhbhai PatelSardar, Iron Man of India
Lala Lajpat RaiLion of Punjab (Punjab Kesari)
Chittaranjan DasDeshbandhu
C.F. AndrewsDeenbandhu
Subhash Chandra BoseNetaji
C. RajagopalachariRajaji, C.R.
Sarojini NaiduNightingale of India
C.N. AnnaduraiAnna
Jayaprakash NarayanLoknayak
Purushottam Das TandonRajarshi
Jawaharlal NehruPanditji, Chacha
Raja Rammohan RoyMorning Star of Indian Renaissance
Dr. Rajendra PrasadAjatshatru
Sheikh AbdullahSher-e-kashmir
Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Bipin Chandra PalLal, Bal, Pal
Milkha SinghFlying Sikh
P.T. UshaPayolli Express
Sunil GavaskarLittle Master
M.A.K. PataudiTiger

Who first addressed Mahatma Gandhi as the Father of Nation?

Subhash Chandra Bose was the first to do so. He said the following in his message to the Mahatma on Azad Hind Radio, Rangoon on 4th June, 1944, "...Father of our Nation in this holy war for India's liberation, we ask for your blessings and good wishes."

Why was Subhash Chandra Bose called Netaji?

The title was first applied to Bose in Germany in early 1942 by the Indian soldiers of the Indische Legion. The Indische Legion or 950th (Indian) Infantry Regiment was a military unit raised during the Second World War intended to serve as a liberation force for British-ruled India. The title stayed forever.

Why was Dadabhai Naoroji called the Grand Old Man of India?

Dadabhai Naoroji was the oldest leader among Indian nationalists. When he was 61 years, he became the second President of Indian National Congress in 1886. He became its President for the third time in 1906 at the age of 81 years. He was considered a mentor to Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Gopal Krishna Gokhale and Mahatma Gandhi.

Why was Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan called Frontier Gandhi?

Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan belonged to North West Frontier Province of British India. He had ideological similarities with Mahatma Gandhi and was also very close to him. Hence he was known as Sarhadi Gandhi meaning Frontier Ganghi.

Why was Raja Ram Mohan Roy called the Morning Star of Indian Renaissance?

Indian society in 18th century was shackled by some abhorrent and inhuman practices like sati, child marriages and untouchability. Raja Ram Mohan Roy was a firm believer in an ideal society free from social inequality. He established the Brahmo Samaj which preached monotheism and was against animal sacrifices. He was opposed to child marriage and favoured widow remarriage. He fought for the abolition of Sati. It was because of his efforts in making the Indian society free from social evils, he is known as the Morning Star of Indian Renaissance.

Why was Dr. Rajendra Prasad called Ajatshatru?

Dr. Rajendra Prasad was a gentleman and a selfless person. Because of his behaviour, he enjoyed cordial relations with everyone. Since he had no enemies, he was referred to as Ajatshatru by Mahatma Gandhi

Why was Sarojini Naidu called the Nightingale of India

Sarojini Naidu was a poetess par excellence who wrote delightful poems. It was because of lyrical quality of her poems, she was known as Nightingale of India.

Why was Sardar Patel known as the Iron Man of India?

Vallabhbhai Patel was given the title of Sardar by Mahatma Gandhi after his success in Bordoli Satyagraha. After independence, Sardar Patel executed the herculean task of integrating hundreds of small kingdom into a single nation. For this he used talks, tact and force as the situation demanded. This earned him the title of Iron Man of India.

Why was Lala Lajpat Rai called the Lion of Punjab (Punjab Kesari)?

Lala Lajpat Rai was a part of the extremist group within the Congress which was opposed to the moderate group led by Gopal Krishna Gokhale. Extremists wanted complete independence from the British and were against any leniency being shown to them. The radical and fearless approach of Lala Lajpat Rai earned him the title of Punjab Kesari.


Select the right answer

1. Who of the following was known as Deenbandhu?

2. The Morning Star of Indian Renaissance is used in reference to -

3. Who gave the title of Ajatshatru to Dr. Rajendra Prasad?

4. Who first addressed Mahatma Gandhi as the Father of the Nation?

5. Who of the following was referred to as Rajarshi?