Minocher Rustom Masani

Minocher Rustom Masani

Minocher Rustom Masani

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Minocheher Rustom Masani (born 20 November 1905 in Mumbai, died 27 May 1998), popularly known as Minoo Masani, was a politician and leader of the Swatantra Party in India. He was a member of the second, third and fourth Lok Sabha, representing Rajkot constituency in Gujarat. Masani was a Parsi from Rajkot. He founded the Indian Liberal Group, a think tank to promote Liberalism in India .

A barrister trained in London, Masani joined the freedom struggle with the Quit India Movement and was drawn into the Communist Party in the 1930s. However, he moved away to become a Socialist and a supporter of the mixed economy. Post Independence, Masani's political conviction propelled him to support "democratic socialism" in India as it "avoided monopoly, private or public." The Indian Express dated Thursday, Apr 8, 1948, online

His public life began in the Bombay Municipal Corporation, where he was elected as Mayor in 1943. He also became a member of the Indian Legislative Assembly. In August 1960, he along with C. Rajagopalachari and N. G. Ranga formed the Swatantra Party, while international Communism was at its peak. He was one of the few politicians who opposed the nationalisation of banks by Indira Gandhi.

While his Swatantra Party was India's largest Opposition group, Masani often initiated debate on finance bills and forced the Congress...
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