C. H. Bhabha


Cooverji Hormusji Bhabha more popularly known as C. H. Bhabha was a Parsi businessman who took charge of the Commerce portfolio in the First Cabinet of Independent India (from 15 August 1947). He was in charge of the "Works, Mines and Power" in the interim government that took office on 26 October 1946 (announced on 25 August 1946).[3][4] Not a very familiar face in the political circuit until he took charge, his nomination was made possible as Azad was keen on having a Parsi in the cabinet.[5]

Cooverji Hormusji Bhabha
C. H. Bhabha at the meeting of the Indian Oilseeds Committee.jpg
Bhabha at a meeting of the Indian Oilseeds Committee in New Delhi on October 1947
First Cabinet Minister of Commerce in independent India
Prime MinisterJawaharlal Nehru
Preceded byPosition established
Personal details
Born(1910-07-22)22 July 1910[1]
Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India (now India)[1]
Died29 June 1986(1986-06-29) (aged 75)[2]
London, United Kingdom[2]

Before joining the government, Bhabha was a director in the Oriental Insurance Company. He was also the first cabinet minister to head the Special Emergency Committee, which was formed as a reaction to the communal riots breaking out in the capital.[6]

He died suddenly of a heart attack in London on 29 June 1986.[7][2] At the time of his death, he was one of the last surviving original members of the first cabinet of independent India; Jagjivan Ram, the last surviving original cabinet member, died one week later.


  1. ^ a b The International who's who, 1980–81 at Google Books. Bernan Associates, Taylor & Francis Group.
  2. ^ a b c "Obituary References - Sixth Session of the Eighth Lok Sabha" (PDF). Lok Sabha Debates. 18 (1): 6. 17 July 1986. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  3. ^ Ananth, V. Krishna (2010). India since Independence: Making sense of Indian politics. New Delhi: Pearson Education India. pp. 28–29. ISBN 9788131725672.
  4. ^ Transfer of Power in India, p. 320, at Google Books, V.P. Menon, Orient Blackswan, 1957
  5. ^ Page 386, Nehru: the making of India, M. J. Akbar, Viking, 1988
  6. ^ Transfer of Power in India, p. 425, at Google Books, V.P. Menon, Orient Blackswan, 1957
  7. ^ Chapter 21, Healer: Dr Prathap Chandra Reddy and the Transformation of India, Pranay Gupte, 2013, p. 289, at Google Books