• 1914

    Born On

    Born on July 8, 1914 in Calcutta.

  • 1920

    Early Education

    Admitted to Loretto School.

  • 1925

    Admitted to St. Xavier's Collegiate school

    Passed Matriculation and Intermediate From St. Xavier's School and College

  • 1935

    Graduated from Hindu Collage (Presidency Collage)

    Graduated From Presidency College, Calcutta. B.A Honours in English

  • 1935

    Went To U.K

    Persuaded Bar at Law from Middle Temple, London.

  • 1936

    Initiated to Marxism

    Initiated to Marxism and Politics while in UK. Came in close association with Harry Pollitt, Rajani Palme Dutt,, Ben Bradley and other leaders of the Communist Party of Great Britain.

  • 1937

    Member of India League

    Became member of the India League, London, a member of the Federation of Indian Students in Great Britain, London Majlish.

  • 1938

    Secretary Of London Majlish

    Became Secretary Of London Majlish Its function was to organise students agitating for India’s independence.

  • 1940

    Member of Communist Party of India

    On return to India became a member of the Communist Party of India. As a trade-unionist, he was an important functionary of the B.A. Railroad Workers' Union and the All India Railwaymen's Federation. He was also in the leadership of several other trade union organisations.

  • 1946


    He became member of Bengal Legislative Assembly.

  • 1952

    Provincial Secretary Of CPI Bengal Unit

    Between 1952 to 1961, was Secretary of the West Bengal Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of India

  • 1952

    Elected in West Bengal Legislative Assembly

    After independence, elected to the West Bengal Legislative Assembly in 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1991 and 1996.

  • 1957

    Leader of Opposition

    Jyoti Basu Was the leader of the Opposition in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly from 1957 to 1967.

  • 1967

    As Deputy Chief Minister

    Was Deputy Chief Minister of the two United Front Governments in West Bengal in 1967 and 1969.

  • 1977

    As Chief Minister

    Took his oath as Chief Minister of West Bengal on 21st June, 1977. Headed the Left Front government in the State for five consecutive terms.

  • 1996

    In 1996, his name was proposed by the secular allies for Prime Ministership.

    But the CPI(M) Central Committee decided to support the government from outside. He also played an important role in mobilizing secular forces against the communal BJP.

  • 2000

    Relinquished from Government Office

    Relinquished the office of the Chief Minister on November 6, 2000.

  • 2008

    Became Special Invitee to Polit Bureau of CPI(M)

    Member of the Central Committee and Special Invitee to the Polit Bureau of the CPI(M)

  • 2010

    Admitted in AMRI hospital

    On 1 January 2010, Basu was admitted to AMRI hospital after he was diagnosed with pneumonia

  • 2010

    Last Breathe

    On 16 January 2010, his health condition became extremely critical and he was suffering from multiple organ failure. Seventeen days after being taken ill, he died on 17 January 2010 at 11:47 am