HC Mookherjee was born on 3rd October 1877 in Bengal. He was an English Professor in City College Calcutta from 1898 to 1914. He later served in the University of Calcutta in many capacities: as a Lecturer, Secretory, Council of Post-Graduate Teaching in Arts, Inspector of Colleges, and University Professor of English from 1936-1940 and the head of the Department till 1942. He went on to become the Vice-Chancellor of the University.
He was the President of various teacher’s associations and a member of Bengal Legislative Council (later Assembly) from 1937 to 1942.
Role in India’s independence movement:
He was a prominent Bengali Christian leader and was elected as the President of the All India Council of Indian Christians. He was also a member of the Indian National Congress where he represented the interests of the Bengali Christian Community.
Contribution to Constitution Making:
Along with V.T. Krishnamachari, Mookerjee was unanimously nominated as the Vice-President of the Assembly. He was also a member in the Advisory Committee, Member and Chairman of the Minority Rights Sub-Committee and a member of the Provincial Constitution Committee. He made interventions in debates on the reservation.
- Vice-President of the Constituent Assembly;
- Chairman, .Minorities Sub- Committee;
- Member, Finance and Staff Committee;
- Member, Advisory Committee
- Member, Provincial Constitution Committee
Mookherjee opposed reservation for backward communities.
Sengupta, Harendra Coomar Mookerjee, National Book Trust (1977)