Dr. Zakir Hussain was born in Hyderabad on 8 Feb, 1897. He was one of the greatest freedom fighters as well as an environmental educationist. He became the President of India in 1967. Earlier he had served as the governor of Bihar. ‘Bharat is My Home’ is an extract from his presidential speech given 13 May 1967 after taking the oath as president. He was awarded Bharat Ratan in 1963. He died on 3 May, 1969.


The extract “Bharat is My Home” is taken from the speech of Dr. Zakir Hussain. He delivered his speech in 1967 after taking the oath as President. In his speech Dr. Zakir Husain pledges himself to the service of the totality of India’s culture.  

In his speech, he said that he assumed his office of the president in a spirit of humanity and total dedication. He would be abide by the constitution of India. He pledges to the service of absolute values. The author in his speech has given the importance of the growth of national culture and national character. According to him our past culture is not dead and static it is alive and dynamic. Our past culture is the base of developing the quality of our present and the prospects of our future.
Dr. Zakir Hussain in his speech pledges himself to the loyalty on our past culture. He also pledges his loyalty to his country. He promises to work for the welfare of its people without distinction of cast, colour and creed. He further says “The whole of Bharat” is may “home and its people are my family”. He pledges to make his home. (Bharat) strong and beautiful. The people will lead a prosperous and graceful life.  Since our family is big we will have to labour hard. Each of us shall have to participate in building new life of the nature. He Says that the situation demands that we should work more and more. Our work should be silent, sincere, solid and steady.
According to the author there are two aspects of work—individual and social. A man should work for his personal requirements. A person should be free to develop his personal, physical and moral values under strict discipline.
But an individual can not grow in full perfection without the help of society. So, individual and society are co-related and interdependent.
At last the author says that our state will not be just an organization of power, but a moral organisation. To Mahatma Gandhi, state power or individual power should be used only for moral purposes. The author promises to devote his time to the welfare of the people of Bharat.


“Bharat Is My Home” is written by Dr. Zakir Hussain. “Bharat Is My Home” is an extract from the speech he gave in 1967 after taking the oath as the president of India.
First of all He thanks and says to people, “I am very happy because you people have shown your trust and selected me as a president.” During his speech he says about Dr. Radha Krishnan who is a great scholar and philosopher.
Dr. Zakir Hussain says that education is the only instrument which can develop a man, state and nation. During his speech he says emotionally, “I feel today, the full Bharat is my home and I am the head of this home and its people are my family. It includes the people from every caste and religion. It is a strong and beautiful family and we must work hard for its progress.


1. Erudition – पांडित्य 

2. Ceased – रुकना / समाप्त  होना 

3. Champion – बहादुर / शूरवीर 

4. Ethnic    – जातीय 

5. Humility – नम्रता 

6. Pledge     – बंधक करना 

7. presumption – गुमान / अनुमान 

8. Endeavour – उद्योग / प्रयास 

9. Unsparingly –  बिना दया के 

10. Peril – जोखिम / खतरा 

11. Approximation – समीपता 

12. Juster – न्यायसंगत 

13. Requisite – आवशक्ता 

14. Overwhelmed – अभिभूत 

15. Devoted – भक्त 

16. Pursuit – लक्ष्य 

17. Probably – शायद 

18. Oneness – एकता 

19. Dignity – गौरव 

20. Oath – शपथ  / शपथ लेना 

21. Inadequate –  अपर्यप्त 

22. Striven – कड़ी  मेहनत 

23. Inescapably – अपरिहार्य रूप से 

24. Irrespective –  निरपेक्ष 

25. Neglect – उपेक्षा 

26. Privileged – विशेष लाभ 

27. Graceful – सुशोभित / सुंदर 

28. Inheritance – विरासत 

29. Enchanting – करामाती 

30. Enterprise  – उद्यम / जोखिम भरा काम 


1) Dr. Zakir Hussain took the oath as the__
A. President
B. Governor
C. Minister
D. Mayor
2) ____was the role model of Dr. Zakir Hussain
A. Dr. Radha Krishanan
B. Dr. Rajendra Prasad
C. Indira Gandhi
D. Sardar Patel
3) _____is the prime instrument of Nation building
A. Education
B. Trade
C. Foreign help
D. Agriculture
4) Dr Zakir hussain was a great _____
A. Nationalist
B. Leader
C. Thinker
D. All of these
5) Dr. Zakir Hussain took the oath of loyality to the__
A. Constitution
B. People
C. Nation
D. Chief Justice
6) Dr. Radha Krishnan never lost his faith in___
A. Change of circumstances
B. Essential humanity
C. Dreaming of future
D. Full performance
7) Dr. Zakir Hussain became the president of India in _______
A. 1947  
B. 1952  
C. 1962 
D. 1967
8) Before becoming the president of India, Dr. Zakir Hussain served as the governor of _________.
A. V.P
B. Maharastra
C. Bihar
D. Madhya Pradesh
9) In his first president speech; Dr. Zakir Hussain pledge himself to the service of the _______.
A. Indian philosphy thought
B. Totality of India‟s Structure
C. Totality of India‟s culture
D. None of these
10) Dr. Radhakrishnan always championed the right of all man to live in ________
A. There spritual values
B. Humility and total dedication
C. Dignity and with justice
D. Past and new culture
11) Dr. Zakir Hussain entered the office of the president in a spirit of ________
A. Learned genius
B. Prayerful humility and total dedication
C. Dignity and justice
D. Peace and Harmony
12) Education, according to Dr. Zakir Hussain is a Prime instrument of _______
A. State Purpose
B. National purpose
C. Man‟s purpose
D. Social existence
13) The process of growth of national culture and national character is the business of _______.
A. Nation
B. Education
C. Exercise
D. President
14) Work on one‟s self means work for ________
A. Mass
B. Class
C. Individual
D. Society
15) When was Dr. Zakir Hussain born?
A. 1888
B. 1896
C. 1897
D. 1987
16) When did Dr. Zakir Hussain die?
A. 1989
B. 1979
C. 1969
D. 1968
17) Dr. Zakir Hussain was one of the greatest freedom fighters as well as an eminent
A. Businessman
B. Educationist
C. Poet
D. Artist
18) Who was the first Muslim president of India?
A. Maulan Abul Kalam azad
B. Dr. Zakir Hussain
C. A.P.J.Kalam
D. Hamid Ansari
19) According to Dr. Zakir Hussain, education is a ______instrument of national purpose.
A. Chief
B. Key
C. Prime
D. Central
20) Dr. Zakir Hussain was also a greatest _______.
A. Citizen
B. Man
C. Personality
D. Freedom fighter
21) Dr. Zakir Hussain was the ____president of India.
A. Fourth
B. Third
C. Fifth
D. Second
22) Bharat Ratan was given to Dr. Zakir Hussain in ___.
A. 1962
B. 1963
C. 1964
D. 1965
23) I must confess that, I am _______by the trust my people have placed in me.
A. Happy
B. Overwhelmed
C. Not Very Happy
D. Surprise
24) During a lifetime Dr. Radhakrishnan devoted to the pursuit of _______.
A. Knowledge
B. Truth
C. Knowledge and truth
D. None of these
25) The past is _____
A. Dead and static 
B. Alive and dynamic
C. Useless
D. Alive
26)  The word ‘erudition’ is stand for 
A. Poverty 
B. Great Knowledge 
C. Prosperity 
D. Greed
27)  Dr. Zakir Hussain advocated for the growth of
A. certain religious 
B. the whole nation 
C. the rich only
D. the poor only 
28)  Power should be used only for 
A. making money
B. moral purpose
C. own interest 
D. material gain 
29) Dr. Zakir Hussain feels greatly obliged to the people of 
A. Pakistan 
B. Afganistan 
C. India
D. China
30) Dr Zakir Hussain entered the office in a spirit of _____ humanity
A.  Special
B.  Prayful 
C.  Long
D.  New 


1) What did Dr. Radhakrishnan bring to the Presidency?
Dr. Radhakrishnan brought to the presidency mental equipment, a degree of learning and wealth of experience rarely to be found anywhere.
2) What oath did Dr. Zakir Hussain take of?
Dr. Zakir Husain took the oath of loyalty of the constitution as President.
3) What is the business of education?
The Business of education should be the growth of national culture and national character.
4) What does he feel while assuming the charge of presidency?
He feels greatly obliged to the people of the country and enters this office in a sprit of prayerful humility and total dedication.
5) What did Dr. Zakir Hussain pledge himself to ?
Zakir Hussain pledged himself to the loyalty of our past culture. He pledged himself to service of totality to our country’s culture. He pledged his loyalty to his country irrespective of religion or language. The whole Bharat is his home. So, he pledged to work for the welfare of the people of the country.
6) What does ‘work’ on one’s self mean? What is its end-product?
Work on oneself means to follow the urge towards moral development as a free person under self imposed discipline.
7) What shall we dedicate ourselves to ?
We shall dedicate ourselves to work for the peace of the strong. According to Mahatma Gandhi power should be used only for moral purposes.
How long did Dr. Zakir Hussain live?
8) On what occasion did Dr Zakir Husain deliver this speech?
Dr. Zakir Hussain delivered that sppech in 1967 after taking an oath as president of India.
9) Why does Dr Zakir Hussain call India “the young state of an ancient people?
India is an ancient civilization. The history of her people goes back to thousands of peoples goes back to thousands of years. But it is new state that was born after India won freedom in August 1947 and become a republic on 26th January 1950.
10) Why is Zakir Hussain overwhelmed?
He is overwhelmed by the trust his people have placed in him by elected him to the highest office in the country.
11) What does ‘work on one’s self mean?
Work on oneself means to follow the urge towards moral development as a free person under self imposed discipline.
12 )In what context does Dr. Zakir Hussain say “Bharat is my Home”?
Dr. Zakir Hussain understands that India is made up of a variety of people, races, castes and languages. But since he is elected president of India, he is expected to represent this multiplicity of ethnic elements. That is why, asserts that the whole of Bharat is my Home.

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