Seth Govind Das was born on 16 October 1896 to Diwan Bahadur Jiwan Das and Parvati Bai. Das did not get a formal school education, but he was tutored at home from an early age.
Role in India’s independence movement:
In 1920 Das joined the Indian National Congress and participated in nation’s struggle for freedom. He was involved in the Non-Cooperation movement, protests around Simon Commission, Civil Disobedience movement, and Quit India movement.
Due to his participation in the freedom movement he was arrested multiple times.
Contribution to Constitution Making:
Das was elected to the Assembly from Central Provinces and Berar. In the Assembly he spoke on issues of ban on cow slaughter, national language, national anthem,
He was an extensive writer; he has authored poems, novels, travelogues, plays, biographies and autobiographies. Some of his works include ‘Aatma-Nirikshan’, ‘Smriti Kan’, ‘Pandit Motilal Nehru Ki Jeevani’, and ‘Desh Ratna Dr. Rajendra Prasad’.
As a seasoned Parliamentarian, Das was the Protem speaker in the Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Lok Sabhas.
He was a member of the Finance and Staff Committee.