15 Interesting Facts About Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee
Through these facts about Syama Prasad Mookerjee, we’ll learn about some interesting facets related to the life and times of a man who never compromised on his ideals and lived his life like a fearless “Bengal Tiger.”
Syama Prasad Mookerjee facts
1. Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s daak name (nickname) was Beni, but he was also called Bhutu or Bhuti by his near and dear ones.
2. Dr. Mookerjee was the founder of two daily newspapers, one called Nationalist in English and the other Hindusthan in Bengali.
3. On July 10, 1947, the Bengal legislature elected Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee as the Congress nominee to the Constituent Assembly of India for framing a new constitution for India.
4. Dr. Mookerjee’s granfather, Shri Ganga Prasad Mookerjee, was one of the best known physicians of Calcutta of his time.
5. The Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS), the first political party born after Indian independence and the predecessor of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was founded by Dr. Syama Prasad in 1951.
6. After the death of Dr. Mookerjee’s wife, Sudha, in her mid-twenties, it was Tara Devi, wife of Syama Prasad’s elder brother, Rama Prasad, who took care of his motherless children.
7. Syama Prasad Mookerjee started his political career as a Congress candidate when he entered the Bengal Legislative Council in 1929 from the Calcutta University constituency.
8. Dr. Mookerjee had two sons and two daughters. The sons were Anutosh and Debtosh. Sabita and Arati were the daughters.
9. Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee initially planned to call his political party the “Young India Party,” but later changed the name to the “All-India People’s Party.” But on the behest of the RSS, that name should be in Hindi, and the flag should be keshariya (saffron). That’s how the name Bharatiya Jana Sangh (Indian People’s Party) came about.
10. In the 1952 parliamentary election, Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s party, the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, garnered 3.06 percent of the valid votes and gained three seats, two from West Bengal and one from Rajasthan, in the Lok Sabha (lower house of the Indian Parliament).
11. The father of Syama Prasad was an avid reader named Sir Ashutosh Mookerjee. He actually has a library of almost 85,000 books on various topics. On behalf of the Mookerjee family, the Dr. Mookerjee gave this priceless collection to the nation. Currently, the National Library of Calcutta’s Ashutosh Wing contains this gem.
12. Dr. Mookerjee was associated with three political parties. He started his career with the Congress, then joined the Hindu Mahasabha, and finally his own political outfit, the Jana Sangha.
13. The Hindustan National Guards, a volunteer organization, was started by Syama Prasad Mookerjee to checkmate the hooliganism of the Muslim National Guards of Jinnah’s Muslim League.
14. The Chitranjan Locomotive Factory, Sindri Fertilizers Corporation, and Hindustan Aircraft Factory, Banglore, the three most successful and significant industrial endeavors of independent India, were conceived and organized by Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee, free India’s first Minister of Industry and Supply.
15. Following India’s independence, the sacred relics of Sariputta and Mahamoggalana, the two most important disciples of Bhagawan Buddha, were transferred from the British Museum back to India. On January 14, 1949, in Calcutta, Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru presented them to Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerji, who accepted them as president of the Mahabodhi Society of India.
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