Seth Govind Das (16 October 1896 – 18 June 1974) was an Indian independence activist and a distinguished parliamentarian. He belonged to the Maheshwari merchant family of Raja Gokuldas of Jabalpur.[1] The family began as the banking firm of Sevaram Khushalchand, one of the "great firms" as termed by T.A. Timberg.[2][3]

Das was also a famous Hindi author. He was well known for his support of Hindi as the national language of India. He represented Jabalpur in the Indian Parliament from 1947 to 1974.[4]

Das was a close associate and follower of Mahatma Gandhi. He was jailed in Damoh for eight months by British, where he wrote four plays ‘Prakash’ (social), ‘Kartavya’ (mythological), ‘Navras’ (philosophical) and a ‘Spardha’(one act play).[5] The Government of India awarded him the civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan in 1961.[6]

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  1. ^ The Life of a Text, Performing the Ramcaritmanas of Tulsidas, Philip Lutgendorf, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS, p. 423
  2. ^ Timberg, Thomas, (1971), A Study of a "Great" Marwari Firm: 1860-1914, The Indian Economic & Social History Review, 8, issue 3, p. 264-283.
  3. ^ The Marwaris: From Jagat Seth to the Birlas, Thomas A Timberg, Gurcharan Das, Penguin UK, 2015
  4. ^ [Is J. P. the Answer?, Minocheher Rustom Masani, Macmillan Company of India, 1975 p. 105]
  5. ^ सेठ गोविन्ददास अभिनन्दन ग्रन्थ, नगेन्द्र, चतुर्वेदीमहेन्द्र, सम्पा. सेठ गोविन्ददास हीरक जयन्ती समारोह समिति, नई दिल्ली, 1956.
  6. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 

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