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Seth Govind Das

(1896 – 1974) – (Madhya Pradesh)

Seth Govind Das (Aged 78) was born on 16 October 1896 into the Maheshwari merchant family of Raja Gokuldas of Jabalpur. He was an Indian independence activist and a distinguished parliamentarian. The family began as the banking firm of Sevaram Khushalchand, one of the “great firms” as termed by T.A. Timberg. Das was also a famous Hindi author and was well known for his support of Hindi as the national language of India.

He represented Jabalpur in the Indian Parliament from 1957 to 1974 and was a close associate and follower of Mahatma Gandhi. During the British rule, he was jailed in Damoh for eight months where he wrote four plays: ‘Prakash’ (social), ‘Kartavya’ (mythological), ‘Navras’ (philosophical), and a ‘Spardha’ (one-act play).

The Government of India awarded him the civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan in 1961 for his contributions to Indian society. He passed away on 18 June 1974.