ALVA, SHRI JOACHIM, B.A., L.LB., Cong., (Mysore—Kanara—1962): S. of late Shri Piedade Salvadore Alva; B. at Udipi, Mysore January 21, 1907; ed. at St. Alaysius College, Mangalore; St. Xavier’s College, Elphinstone College and Law College, Bombay; m. Shrimati Violet Hari, M.A., L.LB., November 20, 1937; 2 S. and 1 D.; Advocate and Journalist; Participated in the agitation launched by the Bombay Youth League during Bardoli No Tax Campaign and Boycott of Simon Commission; Secretary, Bombay Students’ Brotherhood; Joint founder, Nationalist Christian Party, 1930; President, Bombay Congress “War Council”; Suffered imprisonment (twice) in 1932-33 and 1941; Gave up practice and entered journalism by starting ‘Forum’, 1943; Had securities levied thrice for editorials in ‘Forum’ specially for editorial “Halt this march to the Gallows” urging the reprieval of Chimur and Ashti Villagers in Madhya Pradesh, sentenced to the gallows in Quit India campaign; Prosecuted for sedition for the ‘Forum’ editorial “Settling Accounts” (with the British); Ex-Member, Standing Committee, All India Newspaper Editors’ conference; Sheriff of Bombay, 1949; Intervened and settled the Favre Leuba Watchmakers’ Strike in Bombay, 1934 and the First Air India Strike in Bombay, 1949; Member, Consultative Committee on Defence, External Affairs, 1950 and Finance, 1956; Twice Member, Executive Committee, Congress Parliamentary Party and Associate Member, A.I.C.C., 1956-57 and 1953; Member, Parliamentary Consultative Committees of External Affairs, Defence, Finance and Atomic Energy, 1957—61; Offered services as a postman in Bombay during the National strike of postmen and served in the Bombay General Post Office, 1960; Member, Indian Editors’ Delegation to Czechoslovakia (Sokol), 1948; Member, Indian Parliamentary Delegation to Turkey, 1955; visited the British Farnborough Air Show and also a British Submarine S. S. Thiel at Portsmouth, 1957; later visited aeronautical and automobile factories in France; As guest of the German Federal Government witnessed the General Election, 1957; Twice visited Poland on the invitation of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and Polish Union of International Affairs (1957-58); Toured the Soviet Union on the invitation of the Oriental Institute of Moscow, 1958; Visited United States of America during the Presidential Election, 1960 and also the U.N. during its most historic period when world celebrities met there along with India’s Prime Minister; Addressed Labour rally in Wales in late Aneurin Bevan’s Constituency and witnessed the British, bye-election, 1960; Had special audiences with two Popes at the Vatican, 1948 and I960; Member, Provisional Parliament, 1950—52; Member, First Lok Sabha, 1952—57 and Second Lok Sabha, 1957—62.
Accomplishment in letters, art and science:
(1) Declared best speaker of the year, St. Xavier’s College, Bombay, 1927.
(2) First Prize Winner of the Bombay Law College Extempore Speaking contest, 1928.
(3) Gold medallist and First Prize Winner of All India Inter-Collegiate Oratorical Competitions, Banaras University, 1934.
Sports: Riding, Tennis and Swimming.
Travels abroad: Czechoslovakia, Turkey, France, Germany, Poland, U.S.S.R., Burma, China, Mongolia, U.S.A., British East Africa, Ethiopia, United Arab Republic, Iraq and Australia.
Publications: Men and Supermen of Hindustan (Thackers).
Permanent address: “Forum”, Bombay.
[Voting results at the Election:
Shri Joachim Alva . . 1,32,958
Shri M. D. Malgankar . . 1,13,089
Shri S. S. Bhat . . 18,792
Shri D. S. Shridhar . . 13,132
Shri Y. S. Damle . . 6,598].