Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee (1901-1953), second son of Sir Asutosh Mookerjee, was a multifaceted personality—educationist, patriot, statesman, parliamentarian, a person of incredible courage and a great humanitarian. In a life of less than fifty-two years and in politics for just fourteen of them, he had risen to be a Union cabinet minister in Free India’s first cabinet, and had thrown away that portfolio upon developing serious differences with Jawaharlal Nehru over the pogrom of the Hindu minority in East Pakistan. Before that he had been the driving force behind the creation of West Bengal and East Punjab by snatching these parts from Jinnah’s Pakistan. After resigning his cabinet berth he founded the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, which later metamorphosed itself into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of today.
This volume is a well-researched and complete biography of this great son of motherland India which gives an insight into his inspiring life.
Began life as a Civil Engineer. He subsequently joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and rose to be the state President of the party for West Bengal, and is currently a member of the BJP National Executive, the party’s highest policy making body. His principal interest was however, always in intellectual pursuits; and he wrote and was published extensively, both in English and in his native Bengali. His book A Suppressed Chapter in History, published in 2007 (earlier published under a different title) describing the exodus of Hindus from East Pakistan and Bangladesh, won acclaim, and is one of the very few documentations in English on the subject. The current book is about a person he has admired all his life, and it gave him great satisfaction to write it. Tathagata Roy is 66, married, with two married daughters, and has lived most of his life in Kolkata.