Early life and education
Born to a progressive family, that included his grandfather, barrister Bhupendra Nath Bose, a former president of the Indian National Congress, he had studied economics at the Scottish Church College, and eventually earned a masters degree in political science from the University of Calcutta, where he subsequently studied law. He had joined a solicitor firm BN Basu & Co after passing law.
At an early age, he joined the Communist Party of India and became a Member of Parliament for the Lok Sabha, from West Bengal's Diamond Harbour in the South 24 Parganas district in 1952. In 1964, when CPI split up, he joined the Communist Party of India (Marxist). He was associated with the CPI(M) for over four decades.
He became Calcutta's mayor in 1985. He was also actively associated with the establishment of Salt Lake Stadium, as a founder secretary of the society for sports and stadium. He used to make on-the-spot supervisions during its construction. He was also a patron of the Mohan Bagan club.
He died in a private nursing home on 21 January 2013.
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- Debasis Bose, Kamal Kumar Basur Paribarik Prekshapat (in Bengali), Kolkata, 2010.