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]

Das was also a Hindi author and supported Hindi as the national language of India.[4] He represented Jabalpur in the Indian Parliament from 1957 to 1974.[5]

Das was an associate and follower of Mahatma Gandhi. 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).[6] The Government of India awarded him the civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan in 1961.[7]

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. ^ [Is J. P. the Answer?, Minocheher Rustom Masani, Macmillan Company of India, 1975 p. 105]
  6. ^ सेठ गोविन्ददास अभिनन्दन ग्रन्थ, नगेन्द्र, चतुर्वेदीमहेन्द्र, सम्पा. सेठ गोविन्ददास हीरक जयन्ती समारोह समिति, नई दिल्ली, 1956.
  7. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.