THAKUR. SHRI P. R., M.A. (Cal.) Bar-at-Law; and [West Bengal-Nabadwip- (Res. Scheduled Castes)—1967]: s. of late Shri Sashi Bhusan Thakur ; b. at Vill. Orakandi, Distt. Faridpur East Bangal, 1904; ed. at Orakandi, H. E. School, Distt. Faridpur, M. N. Institution, Gopalgange, Distt. Faridpur, the Scottish Churches Collegiate School, Calcutta, the St. Paul's Cathedral Mission College, Calcutta, Law College and Post Graduates Deptt., Calcutta University, and the Honable Society of Lincon's Inn, London; m. Shrimati Beenapani Devi, September, 1934; 3 s.; Advocate, High Court, Calcutta; formerly associated with Congress Party; elected to Bengal Legislative Assembly in 1937 and 1945 - 46; elected Member of the Constituent Assembly, 1946; again elected to West Bengal Legislative Assembly in 1957 and 1962; Minister of State, Tribal Welfare Department, Government of West Bengal, 1962 -63; resigned from Assembly in 1964 and Congress Party afterwards, and devoted himself to the social activities in rural areas in the district of 24-Parganas, West Bengal; imprisoned under D.I.R. for political activities in 1964; joined Bangla Congress in West Bengal in 1966.
Social activities: Connected with various movements for the upliftment of depressed classes and other backward communities; founded the "Thakurnagar" Colony in 24-Parganas for Hindu refugees form East Pakistan; was President of the Bengal Relief Society; Member, Governing Body, Gobardanga Hindu College; Founder secretary, Thakurnagar H. S. School.
Hobbies: Motor Cycling while a student in England, 1926—30; swimming in lakes and mountaineering while in Switzerland, 1927-28; horse-riding in early youth; practice of "Hatha Yoga."
Favourite pastime and recreation: Visiting places of historical interests and holy pilgrimage; likes nature Seas and mountains.
Special interests: Spread of education among children of backward classes in rural areas; village reorganisation and reconstruction.
Sports and clubs: Football, cricket, hockey and tennis in school and college days; was member of swimming clubs while in Brighton in England.
Travels abroad: France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Czechoslavakia, Greece, Turkey, Palestine, Syria, Leban'on and Egypt.
Permanent address: (1) 'The Exile", P.O. Thakurnagar, District 24-Parganas, West Bengal; (2) "Thakur House", 18/39, Dover Lane, Calcutta-29.