Sharmili Mallick

New Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday paid tributes to the India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his 131st birth anniversary, which is celebrated as the Children's day.

While paying his tributes, Naidu said that Nehru will always be remembered for his contribution to building a modern India.

Naidu also extended greetings on Children's Day which is observed on Nehru's birth anniversary as a tribute to his contribution towards the development of the nation and his love for children.

"My tributes to the former Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary today. He will be always remembered for his contribution to building a modern India," the Vice President Secretariat tweeted quoting Naidu.

Naidu in another tweet said children are the future of the country and must be nurtured with love and care.

"The values of honesty, integrity, respecting elders along with the importance of Indian culture and harmonious co-existence with nature must be inculcated in the children from the very beginning," he said.

PM Modi in a tweet said, "My humble tributes to first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary."

Rahul Gandhi also took to Twitter and wrote, "Today, India celebrates the birth anniversary of its first PM Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru ji: a towering visionary who laid the foundation of our country with values of brotherhood, egalitarianism and modern outlook. Our endeavour must be to conserve these values."

Rahul Gandhi also paid floral tributes to Nehru at Shanti Vana here.

Nehru led the country from 1947 to 1964, until his death. His birthday is celebrated as the Children's day after his death in 1964 for his fondness with children. He was popularly called "Chacha" Nehru.

Nehru was born in Allahabad on November 14, 1889 to Motilal Nehru and Swarup Rani. His father, Motilal Nehru was a prominent lawyer.

(With agency inputs)