KOLKATA: Shyama Prasad Mookerjee’s death anniversary is occasion to remember his sacrifice for national unity.

June 23, the day of supreme sacrifice is observed in the country as Ek Nishan, Ek Vidhan, Ek Pradhan Day. With this, the nation remembers him on his sacrifice every year, the spirit of national unity and integrity will also be strengthened.

Shyama Prasad Mookerjee made a significant contribution in the fields of education, politics, society and culture.

Many death anniversaries are celebrated in the country every year. However, those pious souls are very fortunate, at whose supporters or ideals make their “sacrifice” meaningful. Shyama Prasad Mookerjee is one such supreme pious soul, who sacrificed his life on June 23, 1953, for the cause of a united India. From the Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS) to now in the BJP, June 23 has had been celebrated not just as the death anniversary of Mookerjee, but also as a day of resolution to abrogate Article 370 from the Constitution.

In every manifesto, the declaration of Mookerjee to abrogate the temporary Article 370 was affirmed. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had travelled with Murli Manohar Joshi and hoisted the tricolour at the Lal Chowk of Srinagar, Article 370 was abrogated on August 5, 2019. Home Minister Amit Shah worked as a true patriot in passing the Bill in both the Houses of Parliament.

Mookerjee made a significant contribution in the fields of education, politics, society and culture. He became a member of the Bengal Legislative Council in 1929, and was the youngest Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calcutta from 1934 to 1938. Later, he became the finance minister of the Province of Bengal, and was subsequently elected the national president of the All India Hindu Mahasabha, the Mahabodhi Society and the Royal Asiatic Society. Mookerjee was also a member of the Constituent Assembly. He got the opportunity to serve the country as a minister in the first cabinet of Independent India. In the first general election, he was elected to the Lok Sabha from South Calcutta.