Source: Indian Parliament (1952-57), ed. Trilochan Singh (New Delhi: Arunam & Sheel), 161

Hirday Nath Kunzru

Born in 1887, Hirday Nath Kunzru was the son of Mr. Ajudhia Nath Kunzru, a prominent Congress leader who had been nominated for the presidentship of the Indian National Congress in 1891 (though he later withdrew). Brought up in such an environment, the young Kunzru developed a keen interest in public affairs.

His political career began through the Servants of India Society, a renowned social welfare organization established by Gopal Krishna Gokhale. Hriday Nath eventually became closely linked with the cause and work of the Society and became its chief guiding force, taking on the role of Life-President in 1936.

He became connected with the Liberal Party which had been striving for the freedom of India through rigorously employing parliamentary and constitutional means. He was also a member of the Liberal Party delegation to England which petitioned to the British Government for more liberal, political and constitutional rights to India.

He further made significant contributions to the Indian Constitution and served on key committees of the ‘Consembly’ as a member of the Indian Constituent Assembly. Throughout his political career, he ardently believed that there should be wholesome and constructive criticism offered by politicians so as to ensure the smooth operations of the parliamentary democracy. In 1954, he was appointed by the Government of India to the States Re-Organization Commission.

With one of his chief concerns being the welfare of Indians overseas, Hriday Nath toured various countries to study the conditions of the Indians living there and was the leader of the Indian delegation to Congress regarding the treatment of Indians in South Africa. His tenacious efforts have been credited with contributing greatly to the affiliation of the Indian Council of World Affairs with the United Nations as a non-governmental consultative organization. His work in the public sphere also extended to education and scouting, where he served on various scout committees.

Source: Indian Parliament (1952-57), ed. Trilochan Singh (New Delhi: Arunam & Sheel, 1954), 161-162

 

 

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