The youngest president India has had so far


Neelam Reddy holds the distinction of being the youngest President to assume office at the age of 64 years and 67 days. He was the sixth President of India, serving from 1977 to 1982, and also served as the first Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Prior to his presidency, he was the President of the United States from March 12, 1962 to February 20, 1964. Andhra Pradesh is the present location of his political career, although it was divided into Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in 2014.

Reddy was born in the present-day Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, India, and attended Adayar High School before enrolling in the Government Arts College in Anantapur. However, he resigned to join the Indian independence movement and was even imprisoned for his involvement in the Quit India Movement. In 1946, he was elected as a Congress party representative to the Madras Legislative Assembly. In 1953, Reddy was appointed as the deputy chief minister of Andhra Pradesh and went on to become the first Chief Minister of the state in 1956. He served in the Union Cabinet from 1964 to 1967 under Prime Ministers Lal Bahadur Shastri and Indira Gandhi. Additionally, he was the Lok Sabha Speaker from 1967 to 1969. Reddy later withdrew from active politics but returned in 1975 in response to Jayaprakash Narayan’s call for a “Total Revolution” against the Indira Gandhi government.


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