Today is the 114th birth anniversary of late Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee who was a legendary Indian politician, barrister and academician. He also served as the minister of industry and supply in Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru cabinet but after having some issues with him he quit the Indian National Congress later and founded nationalist Bharatiya Jana Sangh which later converted into Bhartiy Janta Party, BJP. He was born on 6 July 1901 and every year BJPians celebrates his Jayanti.
Today Indian present Prime minister Sh Narendra Modi also gave a tribute to the great legend after which he passes his greeting by tweeting, “I bow to the great Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his birth anniversary.” As we know that all of you are very keen to know more about him so we are providing you all with 10 unknown facts about Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee which will help you in knowing the personality in a better manner
Belongs to a Bengali Family – Syama Prasad Mukherjee was born in a Bengali family on 6 July 1901 in Calcutta (Kolkata). His father was Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee was a judge of the honourable High Court of Judicature at Fort William,
Beginning of Political Career – Syama Prasad Mookerjee made the start of his political career in a small way in 1929, when he entered the Bengal Legislative Council, BLC as a Congress candidate representing Calcutta University
Minister in Nehru’s Cabinet – Post Independence PM Jawahar Lal Nehru gave him a ministerial post in Interim Central Government as a Minister for Industry and Supply.
Resigned from Nehru’s Cabinet – On the issue 1950 Delhi Pact with Pakistani Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan, Syama Prasad Mookerjee resigned from the Central Govt Cabinet on 6 April 1950. Mukherjee was completely against Nehru’s invitation to the Pak PM.
Founder of BJS – After having a tiff with PM Jawahar Lal Nehru and consultation with Golwalkar of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee founded the Bharatiya Jana Sangh on 21 October 1951 in Delhi and he became its first President. Later it gets evolved into BJP.
Opinion on Article 370 – To voice his opposition Syama Prasad Mukherjee turned outside Parliament and on Kashmir he termed the arrangement under Article 370 (Special status for Jammu & Kashmir) as the Balkanisation of India and the three nation theory of Sheikh Abdullah. Bharatiya Jana Sangh along with Hindu Mahasabha and Ram Rajya Parishad launched a massive Satyagraha to get removed the pernicious provisions.
Godfather of Hindu Nationalism – Along with Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Mukherjee is considered the godfather of Hindu nationalism in India, especially the Hindutva movement. He fought a lot to secure the rights of the Hindus community.
Marriage – He was married for 11 years and had five children – the last one, a four-month-old son, died from diphtheria. His wife Sudha Devi died of pneumonia shortly afterwards.
Death – Syama Prasad Mookerjee died on 23 June 1953 in hospital after he suffered dry pleurisy and coronary troubles when he was jailed in a dilapidated house in Kashmir.
Conspiracy – His death in custody raised wide suspicion across India and people demanded an independent enquiry, including earnest requests from his mother, Jogamaya Devi, to Jawaharlal Nehru. Nehru declared that he had inquired from a number of persons who were privy to the facts and, as per him, there was no mystery behind Syama Prasad Mukherjee’s death.