6th Lok Sabha
Members Bioprofile
MAVALANKAR, PROF. PURUSHOTTAM GANESH, M.A., U. A. (Gujarat—Gandhinagar—1977):  s. of Late Shri Ganesh Vasudeo Mavalankar; b. at Ahmedabad, August 3, 1928; ed. at C. N. Vidya-Vihar, Ahmedabad, L. D. Arts College, Ahmedabad, Gujarat College, Ahmedabad and London School of Economics and Political Science, London; m. Smt. Purnima Purushottam Mavalankar, December 13, 1949; 2s. and 1d.; Teacher;  Educationist, Journalist and Writer; Fellow, L. D. Arts College, Ahmedabad, 1949-50; Lecturer and Professor of Political Science, L. D. Arts College, Ahmedabad, 1949—51 and 1953—60; Professor of Political Science, Head of the Department of Social Sciences, and Principal, L. D. Arts College, Ahmedabad, 1960-68; visiting Post-Graduate Professor of Political Science, Gujarat University, 1954—68; President, Bharat Scouts and Guides Association, Gujarat, since 1969; Vice-president, (i) Nations' League of Pen-Friends, Ahmedabad Branch (1956-73); and (ii) Bharat Scouts & Guides Association, Gujarat, 1965-69; Chairman, Board of Studies in Political Science, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, 1961-66 & 1971-73; and Board of Sports, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, 1963-64; Member, (i) Senate of the Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, 1957-68 & 1970-73; (ii) Academic Council, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, 1961-66 & 1971-73, (iii) Board of Studies in Political Science, M.S. University, Baroda , (iv) Board of Studies in Political Science, Bombay University, Bombay; (v) Board of Studies in Political Science, South Gujarat University, Surat, for 2 years, (vi) Task Force on Higher Education of the Kothari Commission on Education Government of India, 1964-66; (vii) Special Committees of the University Grants Commission, New Delhi, 1962-68, (viii) Senate of the Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar, 1972-77, (ix) Board of Management, Gujarat Agricultural University, 1972-75 & 1976-79, (x) Executive Committee of the Institute of Historical Studies, Calcutta, since 1971, (xi) General Council of the National Institute of Community Development Hyderabad, 1975-78, (xii) Executive Committee of the School for Deaf and Mutes, Ahmedabad, since 1975, (xiii) Managing Committee of the Tuberculosis Relief Organisation, Ahmedabad, since 1976, (xiv) Managing Committee, Indian Red Cross Society, Gujarat State Branch, since 1977, (xv) Managing Committee, St. John's Ambulance, Gujarat State Branch, (xvi) Executive Committee of the Indian Institute of Public Administration, Gujarat Regional Branch Ahmedabad, since 1972, (xvii) Indo-U.S. Sub-Commission on Education & Culture, Government of India, New Delhi, (xviii) Executive Committee, Gujarat Vidya Sabha, Ahmedabad, 1953-63 & since 1972, (xix) Executive Committee of the Gujarat Samajik Seva Mandal, Ahmedabad, since 1975; (xx) Executive Committee, Forum for Development of Gujarat since 1974; (xxi) Executive Council, Krishna Menon Memorial Society since 1975; (xxii) Executive Council, Indian Society of International Law, 1977-80; (xxiii) Amnesty International, Indian Section since 1974; Trustee of several educational, cultural, social, religious  public trusts; Life Member, (i) Chatham House, London, (ii) Hansard Society for Parliamentary Government, London, arid (iii) of several distinguished Indian bodies of academic & public importance; Hony. Member, Rotary Club of Ahmedabad South, 1973-75; and (ii) Giants International, Ahmedabad Group, 1973-77; Founder Director, Harold Laski Institute of Political Science, Ahmedabad, since August 15, 1954; Member Fifth Lok Sabha, 1972-1977; presently Member, Privilege Committee.

Social activities:  Scouting and Guiding, Red Cross, St. John's Ambulance; Pen friendship; literary and cultural persuits and educational work.

Favourite pastime and recreation:  Writing articles, making public speeches, going on long walks, listening cricket (test) commentary, enjoying the Radio talks and symposia of different countries, reading old newspapers and magazines, book collection Also extensive general reading, listening to classical music and seeing good plays and films.

Special interests:  Inter-State cultural relations and activities for the harmony and integrity of India and Parliamentary activities and institutions of the various Democracies of the world.

Publications:  (i) "Vimarsh" (ii) "Vividh Vayu Pravachano" (iii) "Rajya Shastra Vichar" (iv) "Vichar Vahen" (v) "Lokshahinu Swamp" in Gujarati and "Lok Shahi" in Marathi; Founder Editor, "Abhyas" (Gujarati); Founder-Publisher, Sannistha Prakashan (Gujarati); Editor, "Laski Institute Bulletin"; (Monthly); Editor, "Samaj Patrika" (Marathi Fortnightly);  Organiser, "Antar Bharati" (Gujarati); Member of the Editorial Board of (i) "Nirikshak" (Gujarati weekly), (ii) "Rashtra Veena" (Hindi Monthly), (iii) "Indian Journal of Constitutional and Parliamentary Studies" (Quarterly); Also wrote several pamphlets,, booklets, articles, including some translations and writing of weekly columns in various Gujarati dailies on current national and international topics.

Sports and clubs:  Volley ball; Tennis, Badminton, Cricket, Hockey, Kho-kho; Member, (i) Sports Club of Gujarat, Ahmedabad, (ii) Ellis Bridge Gymkhana, Ahmedabad (iii) Orient Club, Ahmedabad, and (iv) Gujarat Club, Ahmedabad.

Travels abroad:  Britain, U.S.A., Canada, Egypt, Rhode Island, Greece, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, France, Federal Republic of Germany, Switzerland, Yugoslavia, Italy.

Permanent address:  "Gopika"', 22, Maharashtra Society, Ellis Bridge, Ahmedabad.