Who Was The First Governor Of India After Independence?

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Daisy Sarma answered
15 August 1947 is a golden day in the annals of Indian history, and is a day all Indians are proud of. That is the day India finally became a sovereign entity after centuries of colonization by the British. Immediately after independence, however, India did not have its own Constitution. The Constituent Assembly was set up under the leadership of Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar for the express purpose of drafting the Constitution. Until that happened, it was decided that there would temporarily be a Governor-General in place. The first Governor-General of independent India was, ironically, a British man, the much decorated Lord Mountbatten. Lord Mountbatten was incidentally also the last viceroy of India under British rule.

Lord Mountbatten did not remain the Governor-General for long, however, and handed over the designation to Dr. C. Rajagopalachari. Dr. Rajagopalachari remained India's Governor-General until the Constitution was approved and came into existence on 26 January 1950. Once the constitution came into being, the post of Governor-General was done away with and replaced by the President. The first President of independent India was Dr. Rajendra Prasad. Thus, Dr. Rajagopalachari was the only Governor-General of Indian origin ever, though Lord Mountbatten has the distinction of being the first Governor-General of independent India.
Sreekumar Sukumaran Nair Profile
The first governor general of India after independence was Lord. Mount Batten. He was in charge of governor general till the the formation of Indian constitution. Later he transferred the power to C. Rajagopalachari who become the first Indian governor general after independence.
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Rajesh Shri answered
India, a major part of the Indian Sub-continent that is also named after the country, was a colony of the British Empire till 1947. The consequences of the Second World War and especially the fact that England was no more as powerful as she was before the war, was instrumental in the heightened struggle put up by the Indians and other Asian nations for independence. Till 1947, the post of Governor General was practically equivalent to Colonial Head and subservient only to the Monarch.

In 1947, with the British withdrawal, India was declared a sovereign nation. The office of Governor General was only temporary thereafter, since the office did not fit into the designed Indian political system. However, the Indian National Congress requested Lord Mountbatten to continue as Governor General for a while post-independence, which he did. This was due to the fact that there was political upheaval in the country owing to the growing demand for the Muslim territory of Pakistan. The Indians identified in Lord Mountbatten a friend and well-wisher and pursued him to remain in office a little longer. After Lord Mountbatten, C.Rajgopalachari, a Congressman, became the first and only Indian Governor General, post-independence.

When the Constitution of India was drafted, approved and came into effect, the office of Governor General ceased to exist and instead, that of an elected President came into force. Dr. Rajendra Prasad was elected first President of India.

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