Siddhartha Shankar Ray

Siddhartha Shankar Ray

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Siddhartha Shankar Ray () (20 October 1920 – 6 November 2010) was an Indian politician belonging to the Indian National Congress. He was a prominent barrister, Punjab Governor and Education minister of India. He was also the ambassador of India to the United States of America and served as the Chief Minister of West Bengal from 1972 to 1977.


Ray's father, Sudhir Kumar Ray, was a well known barrister of Calcutta High Court and a member of the Indian National Congress and his mother Aparna Devi, was the elder daughter of the nationalist leader 'Deshbandhu' Chittaranjan Das and Basanti Devi. Ray was married to Smt. Maya Ray, who grew up in England, and is an eminent Barrister of the Calcutta High Court. She was once referred to as "a noted barrister and former elected official" by the late Thomas J. Manton, a member of the United States House of Representatives. Ray's sister is Justice Manjula Bose, one of the first two women judges of the Calcutta High Court.

Ray studied at St. Xavier's Collegiate School, Calcutta, Mitra Institution, Bhowanipore Branch, Calcutta, Presidency College, Calcutta and University Law College,London. In college and university, he was active in both sports and politics. In 1941, he was elected as student Under-Secretary in the Calcutta University Institute...
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