ROY, SHRI BIREN, Ind., (West Bengal—Calcutta South-West—1957): S. of late Sourin Roy; B. Calcutta, August 28, 1910; ed. at Calcutta University, completed B. Sc. (Physics, Hons.) but was completed to leave studies due to part taken in Simon Commission agitation; m. Shrimati Meghmala Debi, July 1939; Writer and journalist; Founder, All Bengal Students Association, 1928; Chairman, South Suburban Municipality, Behala (1932-‘ 48); Founder and President, All Bengal Municipal Association (1936);President, West Bengal Municipal Association (1949-50 and 1956-57); Chairman, The Aero Club of India, New Delhi (1949-51); President, the Indian Society of Aeronautical Engineers (1949-51) and Indian Aeromodellers’ Association; President, The Bengal Flying Club Ltd. (1948-50 and 1956-57); Member, Royal Aeronautical Society, Gt Britain, and the Aeronautical Society of India; Editor, “the Indian Airman; Member, Administrative Council Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI), Paris; Life Member, Indian Science Congress Assn.; Parliamentary Secretary, Govt. of Bengal (1943-44), resigned due to political disagreement; Member, Bengal Legislative Council (1943-47); Member, West Bengal Legislative Assembly (1952-57); Member of the Congress Party till 1950; A pioneer aviator and active pilot since 1930; Represented India officially in 1936 at the World Municipal Congress at Berlin; Got the Aero Club of India affiliated with the FAI (Paris); Organised and helped in the formation of the Indian Institute (Munich) in Germany; Organised Indian Society of Aeronautical Engineers and was its President from 1949 to 1951; Designed in 1948 a sports aircraft approved by the DGCA in India and air authorities in Europe; Organised an international relief hospital during the 1943 famine in the Calcutta area; Donor of an Annexe to the hospital at Behala; Founder, donor and President of Behala Girls’ High School (renamed Shyamasundari Vidyapith); Founder, Behala Maternity Home and Social Service League and Arya Samity.
Hobbies: Travel, flying, photography including amateur cine, radio and stamp collection.
Favourite pastime and recreation: Motoring, journalism and international correspondence.
Special interests: Aviation and municipal government.
Sports and Clubs: Member, Mohun Bagan Club since 1925; Life Member, Automobile Assn., Bengal, Bengal Flying Club, Hind Provincial Flying Club (U.P.), Delhi Flying Club, Aero Club of India (Delhi) and Calcutta Club.
Travels abroad: Egypt, England, Holland, France, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Germany (pre-war) and West Germany, Czechoslavakia, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Austria, Pakistan, Ceylon and Luxemburg.
Publications: Flying for All, Everyman’s Year Book (1932); Science of Radio and practical set construction in Hindi and Bengali; Kheyali (Revolutionary Bengali novel); Practical Cinematography (Bengali) etc. Editor: Indian Airman (Illustrated Aviation Monthly), and author of a new version of the Mahabharata in English and German.
Permanent address: Behala, Calcutta—34.
[Voting results at the Election:
Shri Biren Roy .. 94,944
Shri Ashim Krishna Dutt .. 82,406
Shri Rajani Mukherjee .. 11,297]