Arrival of Simon Commission
The Simon commission or Indian Statutory Commission was constituted by 7 British MPs who were sent to India in 1928 to complete a study on constitutional reforms in India. The commission was called Simon Commission after its chairman, John Simon.
The moment from its arrival in Bomday on 3 February, the commission was confronted by protesters who thronged every city where the commission went. The British administration came down heavily on the strikes often resorting to measures like Lathicharge. During a protest, the police superintendent James Scott assaulted the Punjab Kesri, Lala Lajpat Rai who later died succumbing to his injuries.
India’s First Electric Train
Almost 91 years ago on 3 February, 1925, India inaugurated the services of its First electric train. The daily service started between Bombay VT and Kurla on the Harbour line. A 129 ft high Railway gantry was assembled to make this possible. At the time, the structure was touted to be the only such traction span anywhere in world.
Birthday of Economic Rockstar
Raghuram Govind Rajan was born on 3 February 1963 in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh into Tamil family. His father R Govindrajan was himself an IPS officer from 1953 batch. Continuing the trend of excellence, Rajan graduated from IIT, Delhi with an Electrical engineering degree and a PGDM from the prestigious IIM Ahmedabad.
The economist was distinguished professor of Finance at University Chicago Booth School of Business before taking up the job to become the 23rd governor of Reserve Bank of India. Rajan’s understanding of global risks and monetary and fiscal policies made him most sought in the world of economics. His predictions of global meltdown in 2008 proved his depth of knowledge of economic matters. Under Rajan, the perception of RBI changed in people’s mind in India as RBI started to be more forthcoming with changes in the monetary policies and its impact.
Birthday of Waheeda Rahman
The evergreen Indian actress was born on 3 February 1938. She mainly appeared in Hindi, Tamil and Bengali movies. On numerous occasions in her career she was cited to be the most beautiful Bollywood actress. The actress has several Filmfare awards and a National award under her belt for the mesmerizing performances.