Bose was born in Radhanagar, West Bengal in 1859. He graduated from the Presidency College, Calcutta in 1880. He completed his master's degree in 1881 and his law degree in 1883. He founded the law firm B.N. Basu and Company, whose office is still located at Temple Chambers, Old Post Office Street, Kolkata.
From 1904 to 1910, Bose was a member of the Bengal Legislature. During this period, he was involved in the nationalist movement. In 1905 he presided over the Bengal Provincial Conference held at Mymensingh. He joined the anti-partition agitation and campaign against British goods throughout Bengal. In 1907 and again later he was arrested and detained by British at Calcutta for his nationalist activities. He opposed the passing of the Press Act in 1910. He became the President of the Indian National Congress in 1914.
Bose was a member and under-secretary in the Council of the Secretary of State for India from 1917 to 1923. In 1923 he was made a member of the Executive Council of the Governor of Bengal. He then became the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calcutta. He was the first president of Mohun Bagan AC, Calcutta. He died in 1924.
His grandson was Kamal Basu, a member of parliament from West Bengal and later the mayor of Calcutta.
References and sources
- Raja Subodh Chandra Mallik and his times by Amalendu De, National Council of Education, Bengal - Page 96, 1996
- Mohun Bagan History
- Bhupendra Nath Bose