Govind Das
Kaka Sahib
Member of Parliament
for Jabalpur
In office
Preceded bySushil Kumar Pateriya
Succeeded bySharad Yadav
Personal details
Born(1896-10-16)16 October 1896
Died18 June 1974(1974-06-18) (aged 77)
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Political partyIndian National Congress
SpouseGodavari bai
Children2 Sons Jagmohandas, Manmohandas & 2 Daughters Ratna Kumari, Padma
  • Jeevan Das (father)
  • Parvati Bai (mother)
Alma materRani Durgavati University, Jabalpur
ProfessionPolitician, Author
As of 26 June, 2016
Source: ["Biography". Lok Sabha.]

Seth Govind Das (16 October 1896 – 18 June 1974) was an Indian independence activist and parliamentarian. He belonged to the Maheshwari merchant family of Raja Gokuldas of Jabalpur.[1] The family began as the banking firm of Sevaram Khushalchand, one of the "great firms" as termed by T.A. Timberg.[2][3]

Although born in a family with a history of loyalty to the British government, he was attracted to the movement to seek India's freedom from the British rule. He joined the Non Co-operation Movement led by Mahatma Gandhi in 1920 and was jailed five times for a total of eight years. He became a member of the All India Congress Committee since 1920 and served in the Congress Working Committee of the Tripuri Session of the Congress in 1939. He was the President of the Mahakoshal P.C.C. during 1928–1934 and 1946–1957, and the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee in 1957.

Das was also a Hindi author and supported Hindi as the national language of India.[4] He was jailed in Damoh for eight months by British, where he wrote four plays 'Prakash' (social), 'Kartavya' (mythological), 'Navras' (philosophical) and a 'Spardha'(one act play).[5] He wrote more than a hundred plays, a novel "Indu-mati", five travel books, a three volume autobiography, four biographies, mostly in Hindi.

He represented Jabalpur in the Indian Parliament from the first to the fifth Lok Sabha, continuously, from 1957 to 1974 when he died.[6][7] He was appointed Speaker protem (prior to the formal election of a speaker) by the President for the Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Lok Sabha and administered the oath of the office to all the rest of the Lok Sabha members.[8]

The Government of India awarded him the civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan in 1961.[9]

See also


  1. ^ The Life of a Text, Performing the Ramcaritmanas of Tulsidas, Philip Lutgendorf, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS, p. 423
  2. ^ Timberg, Thomas, (1971), A Study of a "Great" Marwari Firm: 1860-1914, The Indian Economic & Social History Review, 8, issue 3, p. 264–283.
  3. ^ The Marwaris: From Jagat Seth to the Birlas, Thomas A Timberg, Gurcharan Das, Penguin UK, 2015
  4. ^ हिंदी बोलने में गर्व महसूस करते हैं ये 7 बॅालीवुड, Patrika, Sep 11, 2018
  5. ^ सेठ गोविन्ददास अभिनन्दन ग्रन्थ, नगेन्द्र, चतुर्वेदीमहेन्द्र, सम्पा. सेठ गोविन्ददास हीरक जयन्ती समारोह समिति, नई दिल्ली, 1956.
  6. ^ [Is J. P. the Answer?, Minocheher Rustom Masani, Macmillan Company of India, 1975 p. 105]
  7. ^ Fifth Lok Sabha, Members Bioprofile, GOVIND DAS, DR.,
  8. ^ Office of the Speaker Lok Sabha
  9. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.