Atish Chandra Sinha
In office
Preceded byKumar Jagadish Chandra Sinha
Succeeded bySyed Wahid Reza,
Apurba Sarkar
In office
Preceded byTridib Chaudhuri
Succeeded byNani Bhattacharya
Minister for Small Scale and Cottage Industry
In office
Personal details
Born11 July 1940
Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died4 March 2010
(aged 69)
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Political partyWest Bengal Trinamool Congress (2006-2010)
Indian National Congress (1964-2006)
Spouse(s)Archana Sinha
ChildrenAnindita Sinha, Aninda Sinha

Atish Chandra Sinha (11 July 1940 – 4 March 2010) was a minister and Leader of the Opposition in the Indian state of West Bengal. Physicist Bikash Sinha is his cousin.

Early life

The son of Bimal Chandra Sinha, scion of the Kandi Raj family and a minister in the Bidhan Chandra Roy cabinet, Atish Chandra Sinha was born in the Kandi Raj family on 11 July 1940. A brilliant scholar of Presidency College, Kolkata, he specialized in Geophysics from the Imperial College in London.[1][2]

In politics

He joined politics in the 1960s. He was elected to the state assembly as a Congress candidate from Kandi in 1971, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1991, 1996 and 2001.[3][4] He was elected to the Indian Parliament from Baharampur (Lok Sabha constituency) in 1984.[5]

He was minister of small scale and cottage industries from 1972 to 1977. He was Leader of the Opposition in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly from 1996 to 2001 and was leader of the Congress legislative party in the West Bengal assembly from 2001 to 2006.[2][6] As a result of differences with Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury within the Congress Party, he joined Trinamool Congress in 2006.[1][2]

From 2002 onwards, he was ill off and on but did not give up active politics.[2][6] He was involved in many social activities. He established the Bimal Chandra College of Law in Kandi in the memory of his father, Bimal Sinha. He died at his Kolkata residence on 4 March 2010.[1][2]

Other activities

He was an active member of Calcutta South Club, whose obituary includes says of him "A member of the Royal family of Kandi in West Bengal, he was a very active politician of the Congress party. He was a cabinet minister in the Government of West Bengal when Shri Siddhart Shankar Ray was the Chief Minister, Member of Parliament and leader of opposition in the State Assembly of West Bengal. ...He has been an Executive Committee Member and Vice President of the club for several years. He had been on the Davis Cup Working Committees of the club."[7]


  1. ^ a b c "Former minister Atis Sinha dies at 70". Indian Express, 5 March 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Former Leader of Opposition Atish Chanda Sinha dead". webindia123. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Statistical Reports of Assembly Elections". General Election Results and Statistics. Election Commission of India. Archived from the original on 5 October 2010. Retrieved 26 September 2010.
  4. ^ "65 - Kandi Assembly Constituency". Partywise Comparison Since 1977. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 26 September 2010.[dead link]
  5. ^ "10 - Berhampore Parliamentary Constituency". Partywise Comparison since 1977. Election Commission of India. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
  6. ^ a b "About Atish Sinha". Atish Chandra Sinha Memorial Career & Education Fair. Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
  7. ^ "Calcutta South Club". Calcutta South Club. Archived from the original on 10 January 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2010.