The 95th birth anniversary of Late Shri Lalit Narayan Mishra who was the Former Railways Minister, Foreign Trade Minister, Minister Of State For Defence Production, Deputy Foreign Minister and Deputy Minister For Home Affairs Of The Union Of India is being organized and held at Indian Law Institute, New Delhi from 4:30 P.M. onwards on the 23rd of February, 2018. While remembering the life and legacy of Late Shri Lalit Narayan Mishra an interactive seminar/discussion is being held on the day to discuss the present political & judicial situation in the country.
Shri Lalit Narayan Mishra also known as ‘Lalit Babu’ was born in 1923 on Basant Panchmi at Basanpatti in Saharsa District of Bihar. He took active part in politics since his students days. He had also organised Bihar Provincial Students Congress in 1941, was its Secretary in 1945-46 and its President from 1946-1948. Shri Lalit Narayan Mishra did his M.A. in Economics from Patna University in 1948 and his research work was on Jute Cultivation in Bihar. He was also a Fellow of the Patna University Senate in 1948-1949.He was part of the freedom movement from his college days and went to jail in 1941 and 1942 for being part of the freedom movement and for protesting against the atrocities of the British rule. Shri Lalit Narayan Mishra held nationalists Sri Krishna Sinha and Shri Anugrah Narayan Sinha in high esteem. In fact it was Shri Krishna Sinha, Bihar’s first Chief Minister on whose recommendation Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru appointed Shri Lalit Narayan Mishra as a Parliamentary Secretary.
Shri Lalit Nayaran Mishra joined the All India Congress Committee in 1950 and was member of the First and Second Lok Sabha from 1952-1962. He was member of the Rajya Sabha from 1964 to 1966 and then from 1966 to 1971.He was elected as member of the Congress Working Committee in 1972. He held various posts in the Congress Party and also in the Government at that time. He was Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Planning, Labour and Employment (1957–60), Deputy Minister for Labour, Employment & Planning (1960-1962), Deputy Minister for Home Affairs (1964–66), Deputy Finance Minister (1966–67), Minister of State for Labour, Employment & Rehabilitation (March-November,1967), Minister of State for Defence Production (1967–70). From 1970 till 4 February 1973 he was Minister of Foreign Trade, this period marked increase in volume of exports and state participation in foreign trade. On 5 February 1973 he was made Cabinet Minister of Railways by then Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi.
As a leader and official state representative Shri Lalit Narayan Mishra had led an Indian delegation to the second United Nations Conference on Trade & Development in Santiago. He also led an Indian delegation to the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia & the Far East in Bangkok & Manila.
On 2rd January, 1975, Shri Lalit Narayan Mishra while declaring open a broad gauge railway line was seriously injured due to bomb explosion at the dias and succumbed to his injuries later onwards on 3rd January, 1975 at a Railway Hospital in Danapur. The trial court case was delayed for years and was completed in December 2014 after almost 40 years after his death. The Accused’s who got life terms sentence from Trial court have been granted bail from the Hon’ble Delhi High Court, but to this day the complete conspiracy, planning and execution behind Shri Lalit Narayan Mishra’s death has not been completely unearthed. The real conspirators and accused behind the assassination are yet to be identified and caught.