Bhim Sen Sachar

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Bhim Sen Sachar
Bhim Sen Sachar.jpg
2nd Chief Minister of Punjab
In office
April, 1949 – October, 1949
Preceded by Gopi Chand Bhargava
Succeeded by Gopi Chand Bhargava
In office
April, 1952 – January, 1956
Preceded by President's rule
Succeeded by Pratap Singh Kairon
Personal details
Born (1894-12-01)December 1, 1894
Peshawar, British India (now in Pakistan) [1]
Died 18 January 1978(1978-01-18) (aged 83)
Nationality Indian
Political party Indian National Congress
Profession Politician

Bhim Sen Sachar (December 1, 1894[2] - January 18, 1978[3]) was an Indian politician. He was Chief Minister of Punjab twice.

Biography[edit]

Sachar was born on December 1, 1894. He did BA and LLB in Lahore and practiced law in Gujranwala,[4] which is now in Pakistan. He was attracted to the freedom movement and joined the Indian National Congress party at a young age. In 1921, he was elected as the Secretary of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee. By the time India gained independence in 1947, he was an important member of the party.

In 1949, the party selected him for the office of Chief Minister of Punjab. He took oath on April 13, 1949 and served until October 18, 1949. The first elections in independent India were held in 1952 and the Punjab legislative assembly was formed for the first time that year. The Congress party won the provincial elections at this time, and Sachar became chief minister again, serving from April 17, 1952 to January 23, 1956.[5]

After he demitted office (due to internal party politics), Sachar was named governor of Odisha by the union government. He served from 1956 to 1957. He was then named governor of Andhra Pradesh and served from 1957 to 1962.

During the Emergency, he was arrested and sent to jail with some other dissident leaders of Congress party, who belonged to the "old school" of the party and had spoken against the increasing authoritarianism of Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Sachar was married at an early age to a girl of his own community, in a match arranged by parents. His son, Rajinder Sachar (b. 1923) was a lawyer and judge who served as Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court,[7] and was famously the Chairman of the Sachar Committee which produced a controversial report on the status of religious minorities in India. Veteran Indian journalist, left-wing activist and peacenik Kuldip Nayar is Sachar's son-in-law.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Who's who: Punjab Freedom Fighters, Volume 1. Patiala: Punjabi University. 1972. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ http://www.mapsofindia.com/who-is-who/history/bhim-sen-sachar.html
  4. ^ "B. S. Sachar". India Post. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ [Narasimha Rao, the Best Prime Minister? - Page 101 by Janak Raj Jai]
  7. ^ [3]


Government offices
Preceded by
C.M. Trivedi
Governor of Andhra Pradesh
1957 – 196
Succeeded by
S.M. Shrinagesh