02 August, 2021

The Etiquette of Revolution

His lifestyle may have been spartan, but his spirit and scholarship were generous

The Etiquette of Revolution
Indrajit Gupta was a many-splendoured personality. For more than six decades he worked in such varied fields of public life that one cannot highlight just one dimension of his contribution. Nor can one capture them all in one piece.

As I had the privilege of working with him in Parliament, it's his sterling contribution there that comes to mind most readily. I regard him as the greatest parliamentarian of our generation. It was only natural that he was the first to have been honoured with the award of Outstanding Parliamentarian. Our Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, who had as many years of service in Parliament as Indrajit Gupta, was the second. Modern India has produced many great parliamentarians, ranging from Satyamurthy, Shyama Prasad Mookerjee, Hiren Mukherji, Bhupesh Gupta, Nathpai to Madhu Limaye. While Indrajit Gupta undoubtedly belonged to this league, he was also in a class of his own. Although he was from an affluent family and went from St Stephens to Cambridge and spoke English as naturally as any scholarly Englishman, his was not an audacious style. He was...

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