Snehansu Kanta Acharya

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Snehansu Kanta Acharya, Bar at Law (1 September 1913 – 27 August 1986) was a former Advocate General (1977-1986) of West Bengal, India and a Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader.

Background and education

He was the son of the Sashi Kanta Acharya Chaudhuri, a former Maharaja of Mymensingh, a premier zamindar in Bengal. The Maharajas of Mymensingh were the wealthiest and senior most zamindars of the district of Mymensingh and ranked high in the order of precedence in the Government House in Calcutta. Mymensingh was the predecessor estate of most other zamindaris of the district. He studied at Scottish Church College,[1] and later at the University of Calcutta. He was called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in London.


His wife, Supriya Acharya (Mukhopadhyaya), daughter of Bengali writer Sourindra Mohan Mukhopadhyaya was also an active member of Communist Party of India (Marxist).[2] His son, Sourangshu Kanta Acharya, is a doctor and his daughter, Bijoya Goswami, is a Sanskrit scholar. Famous singer Suchitra Mitra was his sister-in law.[3]

Political career

He was a member of the Indian Students Group Movement, during the freedom struggle. This movement was formed in support of Socialist (Marxist) ideology, to protest against colonial rule of India and to counteract fascism. He worked as rescue volunteer in the time of 1946 riot in Kolkata before joining the Communist Party of India. He was closely associated with the former chief minister of West Bengal, Shri Jyoti Basu. He had received the First Order of Merit of Syria in 1957 and had led several delegations to Europe, Asia and Africa.[3]


A law college, Snahanshu Kanta Acharya Institute of Law (SKAIL) was established in his name under University of Kalyani. It is situated in the university campus.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Some Alumni of Scottish Church College in 175th Year Commemoration Volume. Scottish Church College, April 2008. page 593
  2. ^ of Supriya Acharya Archived 7 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b Anjali Basu, ed. (1998). Sansad Bangali charitavidhan (in Bengali). 2. Kolkata: Sahitya Sansad. p. 400. ISBN 8185626650.

External links

  • Article about secret meetings at Acharya's house
  • Report on Third General Election, 1962. Page 158
  • "Jail Diary"

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