Bishnuram Medhi

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Bishnuram Medhi
2nd Chief Minister of Assam
In office
9 August 1950 - 27 December 1957
Preceded by Gopinath Bordoloi
Succeeded by Bimala Prasad Chaliha
Personal details
Born April 24, 1888
Died January 21, 1981
Political party Indian National Congress

Bishnuram Medhi (Assamese: বিষ্ণুৰাম মেধি) (April 24, 1888 – January 21, 1981) was an Indian politician and freedom-fighter who served as the Chief Minister of Assam from 1950 to 1957 [1] and Governor of Madras State from January 1958 till May 1964.[2]

Early life[edit]

Bishnuram Medhi was born to poor Assamese peasants, Sonaram and Alehi, of Hajo, near Gauhati, on April 24, 1888. Bishnuram studied at Cotton Collegiate School in Gauhati(now Guwahati) and completed his matriculation in 1905.[3] On completion of his schooling, he joined Presidency College, then affiliated with the University of Calcutta, and completed his post graduation in organic chemistry from Dhaka University in 1911. His close friend was famous Bengali industrialist, founder of Power Tools And Appliances Co. Ltd. Nagendra Nath Das. Bishnuram pursued his studies in law and was called to the bar in 1914.

Indian Independence Movement[edit]

Bishnuram joined the Indian National Congress in the 1920s and participated in the Non-Cooperation Movement. In 1926, he was appointed Joint-Secretary of the Reception Committee of the Pandu session of the Indian National Congress. In 1930, Bishnuram was elected President of the Assam Provincial Congress.[4]

Post-independence politics[edit]

When provincial autonomy was introduced in 1935, Bishnuram served as a minister in Gopinath Bordoloi's cabinet. In 1950, Bishnuram was elected Chief Minister of Assam and served from 1950 to 1957.[5] From 1958 to 1964, Bishnuram served as the Governor of Madras.[5]


Bishnuram died on January 21, 1981 at the age of 92.[6]



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