Seth Govind Das

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Govind Das

Kaka Sahib
Member of Parliament
for Jabalpur
In office
1951 – 1974
Preceded bySushil Kumar Pateriya
Succeeded bySharad Yadav
Personal details
Born(1896-10-16)16 October 1896
DiedJune 18, 1974(1974-06-18) (aged 77)
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Political partyIndian National Congress
Spouse(s)Godavari bai
Children2 Sons Jagmohandas, Manmohandas & 2 Daughters Ratna Kumari, Padma
MotherParvati Bai
FatherJeevan Das
Alma materRani Durgavati University, Jabalpur
ProfessionPolitician, Author
As of 26 June, 2016
Source: ["Biography". Lok Sabha.]

Seth Govind Das (16 October 1896 – 18 June 1974) was an Indian independence activist and a distinguished parliamentarian. He belonged to the Maheshwari merchant family of Raja Gokuldas of Jabalpur.[1] The family began as the banking firm of Sevaram Khushalchand, one of the "great firms" as termed by T.A. Timberg.[2][3]

Das was also a famous Hindi author. He was well known for his support of Hindi as the national language of India.[4] He represented Jabalpur in the Indian Parliament from 1947 to 1974.[5]

Das was a close associate and follower of Mahatma Gandhi. He was jailed in Damoh for eight months by British, where he wrote four plays ‘Prakash’ (social), ‘Kartavya’ (mythological), ‘Navras’ (philosophical) and a ‘Spardha’(one act play).[6] The Government of India awarded him the civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan in 1961.[7]

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  1. ^ The Life of a Text, Performing the Ramcaritmanas of Tulsidas, Philip Lutgendorf, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS, p. 423
  2. ^ Timberg, Thomas, (1971), A Study of a "Great" Marwari Firm: 1860-1914, The Indian Economic & Social History Review, 8, issue 3, p. 264-283.
  3. ^ The Marwaris: From Jagat Seth to the Birlas, Thomas A Timberg, Gurcharan Das, Penguin UK, 2015
  4. ^ हिंदी बोलने में गर्व महसूस करते हैं ये 7 बॅालीवुड, Patrika, Sep 11, 2018
  5. ^ [Is J. P. the Answer?, Minocheher Rustom Masani, Macmillan Company of India, 1975 p. 105]
  6. ^ सेठ गोविन्ददास अभिनन्दन ग्रन्थ, नगेन्द्र, चतुर्वेदीमहेन्द्र, सम्पा. सेठ गोविन्ददास हीरक जयन्ती समारोह समिति, नई दिल्ली, 1956.
  7. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.

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