B. Shiva Rao was born on 26th February 1891 in Mangalore, Karnataka, to renowned medical practitioner B. Raghavendra Rao. He was introduced early on, to theosophical society, and was influenced by its leader Annie Besant.
He was an active participant of the labour movement and also served as the Vice President of the Indian National Trade Union Congress.
He remained dedicated to the labour movement even after independence, and in fact took it to the international level, by serving as a delegate to the United Nations and the International Labour Organisation, where he worked with Mrs. Vijaylakshmi Pandit and Babu Jagjeevan Ram. He led the Indian Delegation to the United Nations General Assembly Sessions in 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1950.
On the Indian political front, he was elected a member of the Lok Sabha from the South Kanara constituency in 1952 and remained in office till 1957. He also served as a member of the Rajya Sabha from 1957 to 1960.
Shiva Rao was a correspondent of The Hindu and the Manchester Guardian. His major contribution was ‘Framing of India’s Constitution’ (6 volumes). Some of his other published works include - What Labour has Gained from Reform in India, Industrial Worker in India, India's Freedom Struggle: Some aspects, India's Freedom Fighters: Some Notable Figures and many others.
He passed away on 15th December 1975 in New Delhi.