MR. SPEAKER: Hon. Members, I have to inform the House of the sad demise of one of our former colleagues, Prof. Raja Ram Shastri who represented Varanasi constituency of Uttar Pradesh during 1971-77 (Fifth Lok Sabha).
A well-known educationist, social and political worker, Prof.
Shastri was associated with Kashi Vidyapith first in the capacity of Professor and then as Vice-Chancellor during 1964-71. Prof. Shastri was also a member of the University Grants Commission. He was associated with various other social and educational organisations in different capacities.
Prof. Shastri was author of several books. He was awarded prize by the Government of Uttar Pradesh for his works titled 'Samaj Vigyan' and 'Swapna Darshan'.
In recognition of his valuable services in the spheres of education and social welfare he was awarded the 'Padma Vibhushan'.
Prof. Raja Ram Shastri passed away in the Capital on 21 August, 1991 at the age of 87.
We deeply mourn the loss of this friend and I am sure the House will join me in conveying our condolences to the bereaved family.
The House may now stand in silence for a short while as a mark of respect to the deceased.
The Members then stood in silence for a short while.