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Remember The Legendary-Bindheshwari Prasad Mandal

18 Jun

B. P. Mandal was raised in the village of Murho, in the Madhepura District (formerly Saharsa District) of northern Bihar. B. P. Mandal received his early education in Madhepura and he attended Raj High School in Darbhanga. He matriculated at Patna College in the 1930s and worked as an Honorary Magistrate from 1945 to 1951. B. P. Mandal and his wife, Sita Mandal, were survived by five sons and two daughters. The third son, Maninder Kumar Mandal, and his son Nikhil Mandal in national and state politics.

B. P. Mandal was the son of Ras Behari Lal Mandal, a wealthy zamindar. According to local legend, his father raised the demand for Indian independence at the 1911 Delhi Durbar. Ras Behari Lal Mandal later made his contribution as founder of All India Gope Jatiya (Yadav) Mahasabha and was one of the few zamindars who laid the foundation of Indian National Congress in Bihar. His eldest son Bhubneshwari Prasad Mandal became Member of Bihar-Orissa Legislative Council in 1924 and was Chairman of Local Board, Bhagalpur till his death in 1948. Ras Behari Lal Mandal’s second son, the British arrested Kamleshwari Prasad Mandal along with Jai Prakash Narain and others and lodged in Hazaribagh Central Jail , and became M.L.C. in Bihar in 1937. B. P. Mandal was the youngest of the three sons of Ras Behari Babu.

His political career began with the Indian National Congress but he joined the Janata Party after the Emergency Period. Later in his political career, B.P. Mandal gravitated toward socialist political ideas and he eventually joined the Samyukta Socialist Party. B. P. Mandal became Chief Minister of Bihar in 1967-68 for a short period before his Government was pulled down by supporting Congress Party for not rewinding the Commission appointed to ask into allegations of corruption against Congress leaders during previous government.

Mr B. P. Mandal was a Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha for the state of Bihar from 1967 to 1970 and 1977 to 1979. He was also the Chief Minister of Bihar for forty-eight days in 1968, a period of intense political instability (his predecessor was Chief Minister for only three days). In December 1978, Prime Minister Morarji Desai appointed a five member civil rights commission under the chairmanship of B. P. Mandal. The commission’s report was completed in 1980 and recommended that a significant proportion of all government and educational places be reserved for applicants from the Other Backward Classes. The commission’s report was tabled indefinitely by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. A decade later, Prime Minister V. P. Singh implemented the recommendations of the Mandal Report.

The Government of India issued a stamp in honor of B. P. Mandal in 2001. A college named in his honor, B. P. Mandal Engineering College, was founded in 2007.

Multistar Shatrughan Sinha

15 Jun

Mr Shatrughan Sinha was born in Patna, Bihar. He completed graduation in Patna Science College. He is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India Pune. Currently there’s a scholorship being awarded on his name in the institute to Diploma students. He moved to Bombay(Now Called Mumbai), where he started his career in the Bollywood.

Mr Shatrughan Sinha came to Bombay, after getting Diploma in acting from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. His first opportunity was playing a Pakistani Military Officer in Dev Anand’s Prem Pujari. Subsequently he got a small role of a police inspector in Mohan Sehgal’s Sajan in 1969. The release of the Prem Pujari was delayed, so his first released film was Sajan. He played supporting roles in many films before appearing in Gulzar’s Mere Apne in 1971. He later appeared in Dulal Guha’s “Dost” in 1974 and in Kalicharan in 1976.

Mr Shatrughan Sinha was selected by Rediff.com as one of the most unconventional actors in Hindi Cinema (the others being Ajay Devgan, Amitabh Bachchan, Irfan Khan, Rajnikant, Shahrukh Khan, and Sunil Shetty). In 2008, he joined as a judge for The Great Indian Laughter Challenge show, Season 4 on STAR One TV. On 3 October 2009, Shatrughan Sinha appeared on Sony Entertainment Television Asia Show Dus Ka Dum Season 2 as host for a special episode. He is hosting Bhojpuri version of the popular game show “Kaun Banega Crorepati” on Mahuaa channel. The show is named as “Ke Bani Crorepati”.

Mr Shatrughan Sinha won the Indian general election from Patna Sahib in Bihar. He defeated another cinema celebrity Shekhar Suman. Out of a total of 552,293 votes polled, Mr Sinha received 316,472 votes. He become a cabinet minister with the Government of India in the 13th Lok Sabha, holding two portfolios, the department of Health and Family Welfare (Jan 2003-May 2004), and the department of shipping (August 2004). He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. As of May 2006, he was been appointed as the head of the BJP Culture and Arts Department.

He is awarded by
* 1973 – Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards – Best Supporting Actor for ‘Tanhai’.
* 2003 – “Pride of the Film Industry” at the Stardust Awards 2003.
* 2003 – Stardust Award for Lifetime Achievement. * 2007 – National Kishore Kumar Samman.
* 2011 – Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement.
He has also received a Special Award for “contribution in Indian Cinema” at the Kalakar Awards.
He is Nominated also in
* Filmfare Nomination as Best Supporting Actor–Paras (1971)
* Filmfare Nomination as Best Supporting Actor–Dost (1974)
* Filmfare Nomination as Best Supporting Actor–Kaala Pathar (1979)
* Filmfare Nomination as Best Actor–Dostana (1980)