Minoo Masani


Minocher Rustom Masani was born on 20 November 1905 in a Bombay based Parsi family. His father P Masani had authored a biography of Dadabhai Nooroji. Masani completed his higher education from the Elphinstone College and the London School of Economics. He then became a member of the Lincoln’s Inn, one of the four lawyer’s associations in London. At LSE, he was a participant in the student politics and also visited the USSR in 1927. The young Masani was an admirer of the communist experiment. He was back in India in 1928 to practice law at the Bombay Bar.

Masani’s participation in the Civil Disobedience movement landed him in the Nashik Jail in 1932. In the jail, his discussions with JP, Achut Patwardhan, and Ashok Mehta led him to start a socialist group within the Congress. In 1934, the Bombay branch of the Congress Socialist Party (CSP) was set-up under him. A year later he visited the Soviet Union again to explore the possibility of an alliance with the Soviet communists. Masani’s CSP, though, had to face opposition from the Congress conservatives. It also came in conflict with many provisional Congress government after the 1937 election because of its radical agenda.

Our India
Hamara Hindustan
Congress Misrule and the Swatantra Alternative
We Indians : Minoo Masani (1989)
Of Four Real Leaders, Some Reminiscences, Freedom First (1980)
Picture of a Plan (1945)
A Plea for a Mixed Economy (1947)
Our Growing Human Family (1950)
Neutralism in India (1951)
Indian Congress for Cultural Freedom : March 28 to 31, 1951 (1951)
The Communist Party of India: A Short History (1954)
Congress Misrule and the Swatantra Alternative (1956)
Too Much Politics, Too Little Citizenship (1969)
Liberalism (1970)
The Constitution, Twenty Years Later (1975)
Bliss was it in that Dawn ... (1977)
The Third World-Quo Vadis?(1979)
Against the tide (1981)
Autobiography of Minoo Masani, Volumes I (1981)
Autobiography of Minoo Masani, Volumes II (1981)
Freedom and Dissent : Essays in Honour of Minoo Masani (1985)
Essays in Honour of Minoo Masani (1985)
Socialism Reconsidered : Project for economic education (1988)
In the Vanguard of Freedom : Essays in the Honour of Minoo Masani (1995)
Minoo Masani - November 20, 1905- May 27, 1998
Presented To
Minoo Masani at 90, Freedom First (1995)
Mentions Published On
The Indian Libertarian
Volume : 5 ;Issue: 7
1  June 1957
The Indian Libertarian
Volume : 5 ;Issue: 15
1  October 1957
The Indian Libertarian
Volume : 5 ;Issue: 22
1  February 1958
The Indian Libertarian
Volume : 7 ;Issue: 1
1  April 1959
The Indian Libertarian
Volume : 7 ;Issue: 2
15  April 1959
Talks & Lectures
How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Trade Deficit | Sudha Shenoy
Lecture presented by Sudha R Shenoy at the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama; October 26, 2006.