India's first Mr Universe Manohar Aich passes away
India’s first Mr Universe and celebrated body-builder Manohar Aich passed away in Kolkata, West Bengal age-related ailments. He was 104.
Manohar Aich had won the Mr. Universe title in 1952 and was nicknamed ‘Pocket Hercules’ due to his 4-feet, 11-inch frame. He was also nicknamed “Bahubali”.
About Manohar Aich
- Born onMarch 17, 1912 in Tipperah, Bengal in then British India (now in Bangladesh).
- He had joined the Royal Indian Air Force in 1942 under British colonial rulers. He took up Body building after he was encouraged by British officers to do so.
- He was first Indian to win the title post-independence. He had won the 1952 NABBA Universe Championships. In 1950, he had won Mr. Hercules contest at the age of 36.
- In 1991, he unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha elections as a BJP candidate. He had finished third, collecting over 1.63 lakh votes.
Month: Current Affairs - June, 2016