Source: Speeches and Writings of Lord Sinha, First Edition (G. A. Natesan & Co., Madras, 1919)

Satyendra Prasanna Sinha

Sinha Satyendra Prasanna, lawyer and statesman, was born 24th March 1863.

In 1881, Sinha and his elder brother, Narendra Prasanna, who had just come of age and received a sum of money from their father, sailed to England to complete their education. Soon after, Sinha joined Lincoln’s Inn where he obtained several scholarships, most prominently, the Lincoln’s Inn Scholarship. While in England, he travelled extensively and studied French, German, Spanish and Italian. In 1886, he returned to India, and was enrolled as an advocate of the Calcutta High Court.

In 1903, he was appointed Standing Counsel to the Government of Bengal. In 1906,he officiated as Advocate-General, being the first Indian to rise to that post in Calcutta. In 1908, his appointment was made permanent.  Sinha Satyendra Prasanna was the first Indian to be appointed a member of the Viceroy’s Executive Council, where he was given the position of law member in April 1909.

Sinha Satyendra was a member of the Congress from 1896 to 1919. He served as standing counsel for the government of India in 1908 and as advocate general of Bengal for two periods; 1907 to 1909 and 1916 to 1917. He also served as a member of the Bengal Executive Council from 1917 to 1918 and represented India in the Imperial War Conference of 1917 and 1918. Sinha Satyendra also represented India at Peace conference and served as secretary of State for India from 1919 to 1920. He was later appointed governor of Behar and Orissa from 1921 to 1922.

Sources: Bhargava Parag Narain, Who’s Who in India (Lucknow: 1911); Indian Year Book 1924, ed. Sir Stanley Reed, K.B.E., LL.D. (London: Bennett, Coleman & Co., Ltd., 1924) 


The Future of India: Presidential Address to the Indian National Congress (London: J. Truscott, 1916)

Speeches and writings of Lord Sinha (Madras : G.A. Natesan & Co., 1919)


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