Banwarilal Purohit

Shri Purohit, A Well-Known Public Figure With Spotless Image Has Been In Active Public Life For More Than Four Decades


20th Governor of Tamil Nadu President Ram Nath Kovind on 6 October 2017 Saturday appointed Banwarilal Purohit as the governor of Tamil Nadu Shri Banwarilal Purohit is a senior political personality having shaped public affairs in a big way for last four decades. Shri Purohit has been threetime Lok Sabha member from Nagpur and Managing Editor of The Hitavada Central India oldest and English daily for last one hundred years.

He is an eminent educationist, a renowned social activist, institution builder, accelerator, nationalist thinker. Shri Purohit, a well-known public figure with spotless image has been in active public life for more than four decadesmaking a mark in the social, political, educational and industrial fields in Central India. Born on April 16, 1940, Shri Purohit, did his schooling from Bishop Cotton School, Nagpur and from Rajasthan. He obtained his commerce degree from Nagpur University.

He was quite interested in active politics and decided to contest elections to fight against persistent neglect of Vidarbha, a backward region of Maharashtra. Not surprisingly, he won the Assembly elections from Nagpur East segment in 1978 and from Nagpur South Constituency in 1980. In 1982, he worked as a Minister of State for Urban Development & Slum Improvement Shri Purohit was elected as Member of Parliament from Nagpur Lok Sabha constituency thrice – in 1984, 1989 and 1996 and was adjudged as the most active Parliamentarian with highest number of questions to his credit. Preferring spartan lifestyle and simplicity, Shri Purohit always remained a leader loved by masses.

He was instrumental in bringing major Central Government institutions like South Central Zone Cultural Centre (SCZCC), Central Institute of Cotton Research (CICR), National Research Centre for Citrus (NRCC), Raman Science Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru Aluminium Research and Development Centre (JNARDC) and several other projects to Nagpur. As Member of Parliament representing Nagpur Lok Sabha Constituency,Shri Purohit lived up to the expectations and proved his mettle as an alert member. He raised every possible important issue that came up not only in his constituency or region or state but anywhere in the country. As a Member of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee of the Defence Ministry, Shri Purohit contributed significantly to the thoughtprocess on National Defence and Security. Shri Purohit was also associated with Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Home Affairs and was a Member of Standing Committee on Defence and Member of Public Sector Undertaking Committee. His memorable fight against allotment of coal blocks to private players earned him a marvelous certificate from Hon’ble Bombay High Court which recognized him as someone for whom “law is as dear to his heart as it is to lawyers and judges”.

He was praised for saving precious natural resources from going into private hands for pittance. Shri Purohit continued his fight against corruption in public life and filed petition before Supreme Court against coal block allotment during UPA-II regime after which the apex court cancelled the coal block allotments. One of the most important contributions of Shri Purohit is revival of The Hitavada, an English Daily founded by Gopal Krishna Gokhale, the mentor of Mahatma Gandhi. It was because of his leadership that ‘The Hitavada has become a leading newspaper of Central India, whose voice is heard across the country. Shri Purohit has been associated with many social, charitable, religiousand sports organizations and has generously donated for the cause of education and social work.

He is National Trustee and Vice President of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, one of the premier societies running more than 250 educational institutions across the globe and publisher of some of the most popular books on Indian History, Indian Culture and its civilizational heritage and has published 2,050 titles and sold 33 million copies so far. He is also Chairman of the Nagpur Kendra of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan which runs seven schools and enjoys highest reputation and which also imparts free computer training to students from economically backward strata. He is the Chairman of Shri Ramdeobaba Smarak Samiti, which runs Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management, one of the best engineering and management colleges in Maharashtra. He is also associated with another premier educational institution, the Womens Education Society, which runs Lady Amritabai Daga College for Women of Arts, Commerce & Science and Smt. Ratnidevi Purohit College of Home Science and Home Science Technology. Shri Purohit has served as Governor of Assam from 22nd August 2016 till 5th October 2017 and was also holding additional charge of Meghalaya.

Family Shri Bhagwan Das ji Purohit
Birth Date 16/04/1940
Birth Place Nawalgarh in Distt. Jhunjhunu (Rajasthan)
District Nagpur
City Nagpur
Education B.Com. Educated at G.S. College of Commerce, Nagpur University, Nagpur (Maharashtra)
School Bishop Cotton School
Profession Journalist, Agriculturist, Political and Social Worker
Spouse Name Smt. Pushpa Devi Purohit

>1978 Member, Maharashtra Legislative Assembly

>1982-83 Minister of State, Urban Development (Housing and Slums), Maharashtra

>1984 Elected to Lok Sabha (Eighth) 1989 Re-elected to Lok Sabha (Ninth)

>1989-91 Member, Consultative Committee , Ministry of Defence Member, Railway Committee

>1996 Elected to Lok Sabha (Eleventh) for the third time Social and Cultural Activities :

>Chairman Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, Nagpur since 1978,

>Chairman Ramdev Baba Engineering College, Nagpur since 1984 and

>Chairman Nagrik Sahkari Rugnalya, Nagpur

>1982-86 Member, Executive Committee, Lady Amritbai Daga College of Arts and Science and Ratni devi Purohit College of Science and Technology, Nagpur

>Member, Executive Committee, Deaf and Dumb School, Nagpur Sports and Clubs

>President  Suhash Mandal a leading sports organisation of Vidarbha region since 1982

>President Nagpur District Football Association

>1980-86 Life Member, Vidarbha Cricket Association Countries

>Visited : China, Hong Kong, Thailand and U.S.A.

Category Politics
Banwarilal Purohit
Vidarbha Ratna
Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan
The Hitavada
Legislative Assembly
Lok Sabha
Vidarbha Cricket Association
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