Political adventurer

Print edition : August 23, 2013

BJP leaders Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and L.K. Advani at a function on July 6 at the Central Hall of Parliamant in New Delhi to pay tribute to Syama Prasad Mookerjee. Photo: V. Sudershan

December 1949: At the opening session of the All-India Hindu Mahasabha conference in Calcutta. (From left) S.P. Mookerjee, S.N. Banerjee, V.D. Savarkar and N.C. Chatterjee. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Syama Prasad Mookerjee began as a Congressman and ended up as a Mahasabhaite after a stint in the Muslim League Ministry in Bengal. Attempts to portray him as a hero come a cropper.
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