Children’s Day 2023: Know history, significance and Chacha Nehru’s vision

In 1955, the then Prime Minister Pt. Nehru established Children’s Film Society, India (CFSI).

Every year, Children’s Day is observed on November 14, which is the birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who was a great freedom fighter and the first Prime Minister of India. On this day, Children’s Day is celebrated in all schools across the country to mark the rights, education and welfare of children.



The reason why it is celebrated on Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s birth anniversary is his love for the children. Pandit Nehru was affectionately called as “Chacha Nehru” as he was much concerned about the future of children.

As a statesman, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was a visionary leader who lay the foundation stone of many such ideas which are proving revolutionary today. In 1955, the then Prime Minister Pt. Nehru established Children’s Film Society, India (CFSI) as an autonomous body under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to promote every child’s Right to Entertainment.


One of Pandit Nehru’s significant quote is often recalled on Children’s Day —

“Only through right education can a better order of society be built up.”

~Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru


The United Nations celebrate World Children’s Day on November 20 every year, and even India used to celebrate it on the same date. However, after the death of India’s first prime minister, the Indian parliament passed a resolution to celebrate Pt. Nehru’s birthday as Children’s Day every year.

There is an organisation named after Pt. Nehru — Jawhar Bal Manch, that is taking ahead the idea and love of Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru for the children. The organisation believes on the idea which Pt. Nehru used to say – “child is the father of the man.” The organisation is associated with the Indian National Congress.