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Parliament's Headmaster

February 26, 2009
Speaker Somnath Chattejee will walk out of Parliament on Thursday with mixed emotions. Happy he will be -- as he will be considered as one of the most efficient Speakers to have held the august office. Sad he is -- in all likelihood, he will never return to the house. Besides, he is not a Communist Party of India-Marxist member anymore. Towards the twilight of his career, the CPM expelled him.

Chatterjee has come a long way after entering the House in 1971. Born in Tezpur, in Assam on 25 July 1929 to N C Chatterjee and Binapani Debi, Chatterjee had his education in Calcutta (now Kolkata) and the United Kingdom. He is MA (Cantab) and Barrister-at-Law from Middle Temple in the United Kingdom.

Image: Somnath Chatterjee | Photograph: Stringer/REUTERS

Also see: Why Somnath was expelled

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