Subodh Banerjee

Subodh Banerjee
PWD Minister of West Bengal (1969), Labour Minister of West Bengal (1967), MLA (1952–1974)
Constituency Kultali, Joynagar
Personal details
Born 1918

16 September 1974 (aged 5556)


Political party Socialist Unity Centre of India

Subodh Banerjee (1918 – 16 September 1974)[1] was an Indian politician, belonging to the Socialist Unity Centre of India. He introduced the Gherao principle as a formal mode of protest in the trade union sector of India while being the Labour Minister in the 1967 United Front Government in West Bengal.[2][3][4] He was the PWD minister in the 1969 United Front Government of West Bengal. His lasting contribution was the removal of all statutes of “guardians and rulers” of the British Indian empire from public places in Kolkata. However, he appreciated the artistic value of many of them and stored them in some other public places not in the public view. He was called the Gherao minister[2] and was recognised both by his friends and detractors as a 'scrupulously honest minister and a firebrand labour leader with incendiary oratorical skill'.[3]

He was a member of the Central Committee of the SUCI and the first MLA of the party.[5]

He represented the Joynagar assembly constituency of West Bengal.


Further Reading

A Homage to Subodh Bannerjee

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