Short Biography of \’Dr. Zakir Hussain\’ (210 Words)

\’Dr. Zakir Hussain\’ was born on 8 February, 1897 at Hyderabad, India. His father\’s name was Fida Hussain Khan. His mother\’s name was Naznin Begum. His father died when he was only ten years old and his mother died when he was only fourteen years old.

Zakir Hussain took his early education at Etawah of Uttar Pradesh State. He received his doctorate in economics from the University of Berlin in 1926. Zakir Hussain took active part in the freedom struggle of India.

Zakir Hussain became the Governor of Bihar from 1957 to 1962. He became the second Vice President of India from 1962 to 1967. He was elected President of India and became the third President of India on 13 May 1967. During his presidential tenure Zakir Hussain died on 3 May 1969.

Dr. Zakir Hussain was the first Muslim President of India. He was the first Indian President to die in office. He was a great educationist and intellectual. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India\’s highest national honour, in 1963. A great humanist he served the national interests and secularism in the capacity of an educationist. Among the modern Indian thinkers, and more particularly among the nationalist Muslim leaders, the name of Dr. Zakir Hussain is always remembered with great respect. 

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