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Best known as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha from 2004 to 2008, Somnath Chatterjee has had a distinguished career, carving a niche for himself as an eloquent speaker and an effective legislator. He has contributed richly to the deliberations of the Lok Sabha since 1971 by participating in the debates on important issues, including the importance of parliamentary democracy in India. A champion of the causes of the working classes and deprived people, he effectively articulated their issues in the highest centres of power. His debating skills, clear understanding of national and international issues, command over the language and the wit and humor with which he presented his viewpoints ensure that he was heard with rapt attention. His speeches reveal a lawyer?s mastery over the rules and regulations governing the conduct of businesses, institutions and governments.
The Collected Speeches of Somnath Chatterjee brings together his most powerful speeches during his tenure as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, from 2004 to 2008. Arranged thematically to cover both his stirring pleas for parliamentary democracy and political reform, and his incisive analyses of the economy and India?s role in the world, it is a necessary adjunct to any student of India?s democracy.
About the Author : - Born in Tezpur, Assam in 1929, Somnath Chatterjee began his career as a lawyer and joined active politics in 1968, when he became a member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). His ascendance in national politics began with his election to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1971. Since then, he served as a Member in all successive Lok Sabhas. From 1989 till 2004, he was the Leader of the CPI(M) in the Lok Sabha. His repeated victories in Lok Sabha elections with impressive margins testify to his popularity with the masses, his standing in the party and his towering stature as a parliamentarian. In recognition of his invaluable contribution to the strengthening of India?s parliamentary system, he was conferred the ?Outstanding Parliamentarian Award? in 1996.