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Chakravarthy Rajagopalachari (a.k.a C.R. or Rajaji) (1878-1972) was an Indian statesman. He was the first Governor-General of free India. Later he chose to become the Chief Minister[?] of the Madras Presidency[?].

At one time considered Gandhi's heir, this brilliant lawyer from Salem was regarded in pre-independence years as one of the top five leaders of the Congress along with Nehru, Prasad[?], Patel[?] and Azad[?]. He was perhaps the sole Congress leader in the forties to admit to the likelihood of Partition. He prophesied even then that Pakistan might break up in twenty-five years! Later, C.R. became a strident critic of Nehru and the Congress. As a founder of the Swatantra party in the fifties, he attacked the 'permit-license Raj[?]' fearing its potential for corruption and stagnation, even while the tide was in favour of Nehru's socialistic pattern.

He has produced his own English versions of Ramayana and Mahabharatha.

He was awared the Bharat Ratna in 1954.

External links Rajaji, A life (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0140269673/qid=1053932107/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2/102-1955945-5520137?v=glance&s=books)

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