M. S. Gurupadaswamp
M. S. Gurupadaswmay
18th Leader of Rajya Sabha
In office
December 1989 – November 1990
Preceded byP. Shiv Shankar
Succeeded byYashwant Sinha
Leader of Opposition (Rajya Sabha)
In office
March 1971 – April 1972
Preceded byShyam Nandan Mishra
Succeeded byKamalapati Tripathi
In office
June 1991 – July 1991
Preceded byP. Shiv Shankar
Succeeded byS. Jaipal Reddy
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Mysore
In office
Personal details
Born7 August 1924[1]
Malangi, Kingdom of Mysore, (present-day Mysore district, Karnataka, India)[1]
Died10 May 2011(2011-05-10) (aged 86)[2]
Bangalore, Karnataka, India[2]
Political partyJanata Dal
Other political
Janata Party
Indian National Congress
Kisan Mazdoor Praja Party
Alma materMaharaja's College, Mysore
Canning College, Lucknow

M. S. Gurupadaswamy (7 August 1924 – 10 May 2011) was an Indian politician. He was the Leader of House of Rajya Sabha from December 1989 to November 1990 and served twice as the Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha during March 1971 to April 1972 and 28 June 1991 to 21 July 1991.[2][3]

Personal life

Gurupadaswamy was born in Malangi in Mysore district in August 1924. He was second among four brothers and five sisters.[4]

He had his primary education in Malangi, and secondary education at Malavalli. He studied B.A. at Maharaja's College, Mysore and M.A., LL.B. at Canning College in Lucknow.[4]

He married Rajasree on 21 May 1945.[1] He has one son and two daughters.[5]

Political career

Gurupadaswamy was an independence activist. He took part in Quit India Movement in 1942. At that time, he was a member of All India Students Federation. After India's independence, he joined Kisan Mazdoor Praja Party. In 1952 general election, he was elected from Mysore to Lok Sabha. After the merger of his party and the Socialist Party in 1952 at the national level, Gurupadaswamy became the General Secretary of the Parliamentary Party.[2]

Gurupadaswamy was a member of Rajya Sabha for 4 terms from Mysore from 1960 to 1966, from Uttar Pradesh from 1966 to 1972 and from Karnataka from 1984 to 1990 and from 1990 to 1992.[5]

He was Minister of State for Atomic Energy in 1967. He was Minister of Agriculture and Food, Community Development and Cooperation in Indira Gandhi's Cabinet during 1967–69.[2]

In 1969, when Congress split, Gurupadaswamy was one of the first Ministers to resign from Indira Gandhi's cabinet. Gurupadaswamy became Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha in 1971. He was one of the founders of the Janata Party.[2]

Gurupadaswamy served as Minister of Petroleum and Chemicals in V. P. Singh Ministry from 1989 to 1990.[2]


Gurupadaswamy published two books, namely Modern Trends in International Affairs and Communalism. He was editor of The Prajamata and president of Mysore State Journalists' Association.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Members Bioprofile on Lok Sabha website". National Informatics Centre, Delhi/Lok Sabha. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "M. S. Gurupadaswamy passes away". The Hindu. 10 May 2011. Archived from the original on 14 May 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Former Union Minister M. S. Gurupadaswamy dies of heart attack". The Economic Times. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  4. ^ a b "M. S. Gurupadaswamy biography". In.com. Archived from the original on 28 March 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Rajya Sabha Members' Biographical Sketches 1952 - 2003" (PDF). Rajya Sabha Secretariat, Parliament House, New Delhi.