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Basanta Kumar Das

Early Life:

Basanta Kumar Das was born in 1898 in the village of Ramchan village in West Bengal. He completed his education from Presidency College, Calcutta (now Kolkata). He was a member of one of the revolutionary parties of Bengal as a student. He joined Congress in 1921. 

 

Role in India’s Independence Movement:

Das actively participated in the freedom struggle. He was arrested six times; from 1916 to 1942. He was imprisoned for his participation in various movements including the Non-Co-operation, Civil Disobedience and the Quit India movement.

 

Contribution to Constitution Making:

Das was elected to the Constituent Assembly from West Bengal through the Congress Party. He made interventions about the entitlement of the Constituent Assembly to give directions and examine the work of the Section and Advisory Committee.

 

Later Contributions:

He was the leader of Agricultural Delegation to U.S.S.R. in 1956. He the member of Indian Central Jute Committee and Chairman of the Rehabilitation Finance Administration Advisory Board. He was also a member of the Provisional Parliament from 1950 to 52; First Lok Sabha from 1952 to 1957 and the member of the legislative council West Bengal from 1958 to 1962. He also worked as the Secretary of the Midnapur District Congress Committee and the Assistant Secretary of Bengal P.C.C. He was also the President and Secretary of several educational institutions.

He died on December 1984 (aged 86.)

Das was not a member of any of the Constituent Assembly Committees. 

His main intervention at the debate was about the requirement for a ruling to decide the extent to which the Constituent Assembly could direct or to examine the work of the Sections and of the Advisory Committees.