The name of Sir Ashutosh Mookherjee is well-known in India and especially in Bengal. He was best known as ‘the Tiger of Bengal’.
Birth, parentage and education
He was born in Calcutta in 1864. His father’s name was Gangaprasad Mookherjee. Gangaprasad was a famous physician. Ashutosh got his early training from his father. This was the cause of his future greatness. His father tried to give him the best education. He passed the Entrance Examination from South Subarban School. He stood third in the F. A. Examination. At that time his health was not good. But he stood first both in B. A. and M. A. Examinations in Mathematics. He passed the M. A. Examination in Physics also. Then he got the degree of B. L in 1888.
He then became a Vakil of the Calcutta High Court. In 1904, he was made a Judge of the Calcutta High Court. He was an eminent lawyer. He also made a great name as a Judge.
A great educationist
But Ashutosh was known to all for another reason, he worked hard for the spread of education. He was the Vice-Chancellor of Calcutta University for a long time. Bengali has been made an important subject of study due to his efforts. He made great improvement of the university. His name will never be forgotten as long as Calcutta University exists. He died in 1925.
His character was pure. He had great strength of mind. He was not afraid of anybody, not even of the Government. People feared him much. For this reason, he was called ‘the Tiger of Bengal’. He could work hard. His knowledge was vast. He was a very kind man. He helped many poor students. He loved his country dearly. He did not like foreign customs and manners. He led a simple life. He was devoted to his mother. Lord Curzon, the then Viceroy of India, asked him to go to England. But he refused to go because his mother was against it.