Fifth Lok Sabha
Members Bioprofile


MUKERJEE, SHRI HIRENDRA NATH, M.A., (Calcutta et Oxon), B. Litt. (Oxon), Barrister-at-Law (Comm.) West Bengal-Calcutta North-East—1971, Son of late Shri Sachindra Nath Mukerjee; b. at Calcutta, November 23, 1907; ed. at Taltala High School and Presidency College, Calcutta, St. Catherine's, Oxford University and Lincoln's Inn, London; m. Smt. Bibha (nee Chatterjee); June 3, 1939; 1 s. and 1 d.; Educationist and Lawyer; Senior Lecturer in History and Politics, Andhra University, 1934-35; Lecturer in History and Political Philosophy, Calcutta University, 1940—44; Head of the Department of History, Surendranath College, Calcutta, 1936—62; Member, A.I.C.C, 1938-39, Member, Executive Committee, Bengal Provincial Congress Committee, 1938-39; Joint Secretary, Bengal Committee, Congress Socialist Party, 1938; President, Bengal Provincial Students' Conference, 1936; Founder Member, All India Progressive Writers' Association, 1936; President, All-India Students' Conference, Nagpur, 1940; arrested twice for Political reasons in 1940 and 1941; Editor "Indo-Soviet Journal", Calcutta, 1941—45; Chairman, Indian Peoples' Theatre Association (IPTA) Conference, Bombay, 1943; Founder Member, Friends of the Soviet Union, and Joint Secretary, 1944—52; Joint Editor, "Calcutta Weekly Notes'' (Law Journal), 1945—52; Member, Bengal Committee, Communist Party of India, 1947—49; President, Bengal Motion Pictures Employees' Union since 1946; Vice-President, Bengal Provincial Trade Union Congress, 1948-49; detained without trial in 1948 and 1949; Member, Central Advisory Board of Archaeology since 1952; Elected Member of the Senate, Calcutta University, 1953—61; Member, Education Panel, Planning Commission since 1955; Member, National Council, Communist Party of India, since 1958; Member, Indian Delegation to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Canberra, 1958; Member, Emotional Integration Committee, 1961-62; Member, Small Newspapers Enquiry Committee, 1964-65; Member, National Integration Council, 1962; Member, All India, Council of Sports since 1963; Member, Executive, National Committee for Gandhi Centenary; Trustee, Jawaharlal Nehru and Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Trusts; Member, Public Accounts Committee, 1969-70; Member, First Lok Sabha 1952—57; Second Lok Sabha, 1957—62, Third Lok Sabha, 1962—67 and Fourth Lok Sabha 1967—70; Deputy Leader of the Communist Group in Lok Sabha, 1952—64; Leader, 1964—67; and Deputy Leader 1967—70.

Accomplishments in letters, art and science.—First in Intermediate Arts, Calcutta University; First in B.A. History Honours and M.A. History; Winner of Duff, Eshan, Gwalior, Burdwan and many other scholarships, medals and prizes at Calcutta; Government of Bengal Scholar at St. Catherine's. Oxford. Invited to International Teach-In by Toronto University Canada, 1966; Invited to Lecture at German Academy, Berlin, 1967; Invited to take part in International Symposium on Lenin at Alma Ata, Kazakhstan, U.S.S.R. in 1969.

Hobbies—Browsing among books.

Favourite pastime and recreation.—Watching cricket; listening to music.

Special interests.—Literature; theory and practice of politics.

Travels abroad—U.K., France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Egypt, Norway, Austria, Poland, U.S.S.R., Mongolia, Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, Czechoslovakia and Hungary.

Books published.—In English: (1) "An Introduction to Socialism"; (2) "China Calling", (3) "Under Marx's Banner"; (4) '"India Struggles for Freedom", (5) "Gandhiji : A Study"; (6) "Himself a true Poem—A study of Rabindranath Tagore"; (7) "India and Parliament"; (8) "The Gentle Colossus'" : A study of Jawaharlal Nehru"; (9) "Us: A Peoples' Anthology"; (10) "The land of the Soviets"; (II) "Indo-Soviet Journal Souvenir"; (12) "Your Tagore for Today"; and (13) "Remembering Marx".

In Bengali: (1) "India and Marxism"; (2) "National Movement in India"; (3) "Chakshusha Kansh" (Collected Essays); (4) "ABC of Marxism"; (5) "Hindu and Muslim"; (6) "Ancient Greece"; (7) "A History of India (2 Vols.)"; (8) '"National Songs"; (9) "Modern Bengali Poetry", and (10) "Alpe Sukh Neyee" (Collected essays).

Translations.—English translation of two Bengali novels : Tarashankar Banerjee's 'Epoch's End', and Manik Banerjee's 'Boatman of the Padma'; Bengali translation of : Stalin's 'The October Revolution'; and 'History of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union".

Permanent address—14, Indian Mirror Street, Calcutta-13.