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Mr. Prabhu Dayal Himatsingka


Mr. Prabhu Dayal Himatsingka was born on the 16th of August, 1889 in Dumka, Bihar, moving to Kolkata in 1911. He completed his Masters Degree in English from Presidency College, Kolkata, and became an attorney in 1921 after securing the first position in the examination, subsequently joining Manuel Agarwal & Co. as a partner.

In 1925, he started P. D. Himatsingka & Co., a leading Solicitor and Advocacy firm in West Bengal. He co-founded "Forward", an English magazine in 1924, and a daily, Liberty in 1926. He was nominated as trustee of the Calcutta Improvement Trust three times and the Calcutta Municipal Corporation six times.

Mr. Prabhu Dayal Himatsingka

A prominent freedom fighter, he was closely associated with Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Nehru, Subhash Chandra Bose and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He was involved in the famous Rhoda Arms Case in 1914 and the Quit Bengal Movement in 1916. He also participated in the Quit India Movement & the Dandi Salt March, along with Gandhiji.

He was a thrice elected member of the Bengal and Assam Legislative Assemblies, and in 1956 was nominated to the Rajya Sabha. He became an elected member of the Lok Sabha from Bihar and remained a respected Member of Parliament for almost 2 decades. Mr. P. D. Himatsingka became a member of the Constituent Assembly in 1948, and was one of the signatories to the Indian Constitution.

A great humanitarian, social worker and philanthropist, he started several charitable, schools, health centres & homes for the needy. He won multiple recognitions from the government and private institutions for his tireless efforts towards society.

Mr. P.D. Himatsingka was the Founder Chairman of India Carbon Limited, and remained its mentor for three decades. He passed away on June 1st, 1991, at the age of 102.

Mr Bhagwati Prasad Himatsingka

Born on the 18th of September, 1926 in Dumka, Bihar, Mr. Bhagwati Prasad Himatsingka was a visionary, a pioneer, and a true entrepreneur.

In 1946, he set up his first industry with a plastic goods manufacturing unit in Kolkata, which grew successfully under his leadership. He also represented India in the Plastics Promotion Council's Delegation to the USA, Asian and African countries.

A pioneer, he established relationships with corporate giants across the globe, and in 1961 set up India Carbon Limited, Asia's first Calcination Plant at Guwahati, Assam in collaboration with Oxbow Calcining LLC (formerly Great Lakes Carbon LLC) of the USA.

Mr Bhagwati Prasad Himatsingka

In 1964, he started Assam Carbon Products Ltd, for the manufacture of carbon brushes. 4 years later, he diversified into the field of chemicals by setting up Amines and Plasticizers Ltd, a Mumbai based plant for the manufacture of Ethanolamines and Plasticizers.

In addition to being a successful industrialist, Mr. Himatsingka was a great humanitarian, philanthropist and social worker. At a very early age, he joined India's freedom movement and took active participation in the Quit India Movement launched by Mahatma Gandhi in 1942.

He was President of "The National Society for Prevention of Blindness" in India and was also involved in several charitable trusts, schools and hospitals. He undertook various social service projects such as relief for flood and drought victims. He also founded "The National Diabetes Association of India" and set up an English Medium School in Kolkata for underprivileged children.

A major contributor in the industrial development of India, he was on the Board of the "Industrial Development Bank of India", "Assam Industrial Development Corporation", "and Assam Petrochemicals Ltd". He served as Chairman of the Carbon Panel of Government of India, and as Member of the Industrial Advisory Council, Import Export Advisory Council and many others. He presided over several noteworthy organizations, such as "The Indian Association for Productivity, Quality and Reliability", "National Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs", "Indian Chemical Manufacturer's Association", "Indo-American Chamber of Commerce" and "Plastics & Linoleum Export Promotion Council", among others.

Mr. B. Himatsingka passed away on April 9th, 1997. At the time of his death he served as the Chairman of India Carbon Ltd. and Assam Carbon Products Ltd.

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