07 January 2010

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Short Biography of Atheist Chief Minister Jyoti Basu

Short Biography of Atheist Chief Minister Jyoti Basu

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Jyoti Basu was born on July 8, 1914 into an upper middle-class Bengali family At 43/1 Harrison Road (now Mahatma Gandhi Road) in Calcutta

The people who do not believe in God or divine beings are called as Atheist and Jyoti Basu is one of them.

He was initially named Jyotirindra Basu. . Jyotirindra was affectionately called Gana. But the name was shortened to Jyoti when he joined school. 

Jyoti means light or flame.

His father Nishikanta Basu, a doctor, hailed from the village of Barodi in Dhaka District, East Bengal (now in Bangladesh) 

Jyoti Basu got his school education at St. Xavier's Collegiate School. 

Jyoti Basu graduated from Hindu College now Presidency College with an honours degree from the Art Faculty in 1935, and subsequently travelled to the United Kingdom to study law at Middle Temple, London. 

Jyoti Basu Was a member of the India League, London, a member of the Federation of Indian Students in Great Britain, Secretary of the London Majlis.

He was introduced to the Communist Party of Great Britain through Bhupesh Gupta.
Basu returned to India in 1940 after qualifying for the Bar and became a whole-timer of the Communist Party of India. 

On Jan 20, 1940, Jyoti Basu married Smt. Basanti (Chabi) ghosh. 

On May 11, 1942, Mrs. Basanti Basu breadth her last. Her death was a great shock to Basu’s mother who passed away a few months later. 

Jyoti Basu married Kamal Basu on Dec 5, 1948.

In 1944 Basu became involved in trade union activities. 

CPI delegated him to work amongst the railway labourers. When B.N. Railway Workers Union and B.D. Rail Road Workers Union merged Basu became the general secretary of the union.
Jyoti Basu was elected to the Bengal Legislative Assembly in 1946, contesting the Railway constituency. 

When the Communist Party of India split in 1964, Jyoti Basu became one of the first nine members of the Politburo of the newly-formed Communist Party of India (Marxist)
In 1967 and 1969, Basu became Deputy Chief Minister of West Bengal in the United Front governments.

From June 21, 1977 to November 6, 2000, Jyoti Basu served as the Chief Minister of West Bengal for the Left Front government.
Basu resigned from the Chief Ministership of West Bengal in 2000 for health reasons and was succeeded by fellow CPI (M) politician Buddhadeb Bhattacharya.

As of 2009, Basu holds the record for being the longest-serving Chief Minister in Indian political history.

Basu believed and still believes that “it is man and man alone who creates history. Despite many crest and thrust people will finally emerge victorious and go in freedom in a classless society free from exploitation of any form.”

He was elected Secretary of Friends of Soviet Union (FSU) and Anti-Facist Writers and Artists Association.

In 1996 Jyoti Basu seemed all set to be the consensus leader of the United Front for the post of Prime Minister of India. However, the CPI (M) Politburo decided not to participate in the government, a decision that Jyoti Basu later termed a historic blunder. 

H.D. Deve Gowda from the Janata Dal instead became Prime Minister.

Is Bipasha Basu grand daughter of Jyoti Basu?
There is no relation between Bipasha Basu & Jyoti Basu

Controversies -

In January 2006 the Supreme Court of India issued notices to Basu and others in connection with land allotments in Salt Lake.

Update- Sun, Jan 17 2010
End of an era:
Veteran Marxist leader and former West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu died at the AMRI Hospital of multiple-organ failure at 11.47 a.m. on Sunday. He was 95.

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sm,  January 07, 2010  

The 95-year-old communist veteran Jyoti Basu has been put on ventilator
Reports has said that his health is critical. lung condition is poor. But his heart and kidney are functioning

Indian Pundit January 07, 2010  

Good read.
Jyoti Basu is indeed one of the legends of Indian politics and democracy.

Note: i am not a communist.


Shabnam Sultan January 07, 2010  

Thanks, for the info :). Jyoti Basu is one of the great leaders which we have in our country. I had no idea he is an atheist lol......

sm,  January 07, 2010  

Indian Pundit
in this global economy there is limited scope for lenins theory.

sm,  January 07, 2010  

Shabnam Sultan,

Insignia January 07, 2010  

Thanks for the information. Didnt know he was atheist.

RNSANE January 07, 2010  

I found this an interesting article. Regardless of his religious beliefs or party affiliation, it sounds like he was a great Indian statesman who served his country all his life.

Indian Pundit January 07, 2010  

Its really sad that some people still DONT know that Communists are ALL ATHEIST by nature.
Thats why they are called "godless communists".

"religion is the opium of the masses"- Marx.

BK Chowla, January 07, 2010  

I am no fan of the left front leaders, but Jyoti Babu is an exception.
He has contributed a lot to the Indian polity.

sm,  January 08, 2010  


sm,  January 08, 2010  


sm,  January 08, 2010  

Indian Pundit,
thanks for the quote.

Swatantra January 08, 2010  

Very interesting post!! Your blog is always an eyeopener for the Indian Politics..

Dhiman January 08, 2010  

A very informative article on Jyoti Babu .. I agree with Indian Pundit that communists are by nature 'Atheists' but all the communist leaders of Bengal are not 'Atheists' Jyoti Babu was one of the 'exceptions' I guess ...

sm,  January 10, 2010  


sm,  January 10, 2010  

yes IP has said it correctly.

Anonymous,  January 11, 2010  

@ sm,

he certainly is a stalwart.

good read.

cheers !

sm,  January 11, 2010  


sm,  January 17, 2010  

Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee described Marxist icon Jyoti Basu as a 'great political figure' and called for a 72-hour state mourning.

Anonymous,  January 19, 2010  

i personally feel he was a great evidence for all honest communist leader in bengal

sm,  January 21, 2010