Raj Bahadur

Shri Raj Bahadur, hailing from Bharatpur district in Rajasthan, was a prominent freedom fighter. Born to Shri Munshi Sundarlal, Raj Bahadur drew inspiration from his ancestors and was deeply motivated to contribute to the welfare of his country. His elder brother, Shri Murarilal, was an active Satyagrahi, further fueling Raj Bahadur’s commitment to the cause.

Inspired by Pandit Revatisharan Sharma, Raj Bahadur joined the Bharatpur Praja Parishad in 1939. Known for his legal prowess, he served as a distinguished lawyer, often representing the cases of laborers without charge. During the Quit India Movement in 1942, he played a pivotal role in organizing and accommodating Satyagrahis, ensuring their lodging and meals.

A staunch advocate of Khadi, Raj Bahadur actively participated in the Anti-Begar Movement in 1947 and campaigned for the establishment of a responsible government. In 1943, he was re-elected to the Praja Parishad from Deeg for the second time.

On the historic day of August 15, 1947, when India gained independence, Raj Bahadur was accorded the honor of hoisting the National Flag in government buildings in Bharatpur. His unwavering dedication to the freedom struggle and his multifaceted contributions make him a revered figure in the annals of India’s fight for independence.

Personal Information:

  • Father’s Name: Shri Sundar Lal
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  • Gender: Male
  • Date and Place of Birth: 21/8/1912, Basan Gate, Bharatpur
  • Education: Postgraduate (M.A.), Agra College, Agra; Graduate (B.S.C.), St. John’s College, Agra; Graduate (L.L.B.), Agra College, Agra
  • Spouse’s Name: Smt. Vidhavati Srivastav
  • Marriage Date: 17/5/1936
  • Number of Children: 4 sons and 1 daughter
  • Occupation: Lawyer/Advocate
  • Contact Information:
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  • Membership Category: General
  • Date of Passing / Condolence Date: 22/9/1990 / 8/11/1990

Political Positions:

  • 1980-85: Member, Seventh Rajasthan Legislative Assembly
  • 02/03/1982-09/03/1985: Member, Parliamentary Advisory Committee, Rajasthan Legislative Assembly
  • 1983-1984: Member, Special Rights Committee, Rajasthan Legislative Assembly
  • 29/08/1980-09/03/1985: Member, Rule Committee/Rule Sub-Committee, Rajasthan Legislative Assembly
  • 01/1966-02/1967: Minister, Information and Broadcasting
  • 11/1973-02/1974: Minister, Communication, Civil Aviation, and Tourism
  • 18/03/1971-11/1973: Minister, Parliamentary Affairs, Transport, and Communications
  • 1951-1956: Deputy Minister, Communication
  • 1957-1962: State Minister, Transport and Communication
  • 1957-1962: State Minister, Communication
  • 1962-1963: Minister, Transport and Communication (Shipping)
  • 8/1963-01/1966: Minister, Transport (Shipping, Civil Aviation, and Tourism)
  • Minister, Civil Aviation and Tourism, 02/1974-12/1976

Political Positions:

  • Member, Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee
  • 1948-1949: Secretary, Matsya Union Congress Committee
  • 1952-1967: Member, All India Congress Committee

Other Positions:

  • 1929-1930: Member, Hindustan Socialist Republican Army
  • 1939-1947: Member, Bharatpur State People’s Council
  • 1939-1948: Member, Associated All India States Peoples Conference
  • 1941-1942: Member, Municipal Board, Bharatpur
  • Member, Bharatpur State Advisory Council
  • 1939-1942: Member, Central Advisory Committee, Bharatpur State
  • 1948-1950: Member, Constituent Assembly of India
  • 1950-1952: Member, Interim Parliament
  • 01/1968-01/1971: Member, Ambassador of India in Nepal
  • 1948-1951: President, Bharatpur Bar Association
  • 1943-1947: Secretary, Secretary, and Vice President, Bharatpur State People’s Council

Other Information:

  • Active participant, Indian Independence Movement (Satyagraha and Picketing) – 1931
  • Active participant – 1942 Quit India Movement
  • Interests: Study of books and magazines, gardening, music, swimming
  • Sports: Football, cricket, tennis, and volleyball
  • Prison Journey: Twice during the 1942 Quit India Movement
  • Foreign Travel: Turkey, Italy, France, Switzerland, Britain, the Netherlands, the United States, Canada, Venezuela, Trinidad, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, West Germany, Poland, USSR, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Nepal
  • Social Activities: National service and economic and social revolution
  • Permanent Address: Basan Gate, Bharatpur