Jehangir Kabir

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Jehangir Kabir was an Indian Bengali politician and trade union leader.

Jehangir Kabir was born on 26 April 1910 in Faridpur, East Bengal (now Bangladesh) to Khabeeruddin Ahmed.[1] Indian educationist Humayun Kabir was Jehangir's elder brother.[2]

He completed a Bachelor of Laws from Calcutta University.[1] He left the practice of law during the Quit India Movement in 1942, and became a trade union leader.[3] He and his family settled in Calcutta in 1947, the year of the Partition of India.[2]

A long-time member of the Indian National Congress party,[4] he represented the Haroa constituency in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly.[1]

In summer 1966, he broke away from Congress, taking many of his co-coreligionists with him, to join the new Bangla Congress party.[4] He became West Bengal's Minister for Planning and Development in Ajoy Mukherjee's United Front ministry.[3] In January 1968, he split from the Bangla Congress and formed the Bangla Jatiya Dal (National Party of Bengal).[3]

Kabir died in 1981 in Calcutta.[2]

His son Justice Altamas Kabir was the 39th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India,[5] while a daughter Shukla Kabir Sinha is a retired judge of the Calcutta High Court.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Who's Who. Calcutta: West Bengal Legislative Assembly Secretariat. 1957. p. 48. OCLC 8043684.
  2. ^ a b c Kabir, Ananya Jahanara (2013). Partition's Post-Amnesias: 1947, 1971 and Modern South Asia. New Delhi: Women Unlimited. pp. 176–177. ISBN 978-81-88965-77-9.
  3. ^ a b c Kashyap, Subhash C. (1969). The Politics of Defection: A Study of State Politics in India. Delhi: National. pp. 355, 373–374.
  4. ^ a b Chatterji, Joya (2007). The Spoils of Partition: Bengal and India, 1947-1967. Cambridge University Press. p. 311. ISBN 978-0-521-87536-3.
  5. ^ Datta, Damayanti (9 January 2012). "Conscience keeper in age of scams". India Today.
  6. ^ "Roundup: People who made news last fornight". Business Today. 28 October 2012.