Former MP
05/31/1936 (88 Years)
Constituency Name
Jorhat Constitucncy,Assam (Assam) constituency,at Serial no 488 in Part no 103
Father Name
Krishna Kanta Handiqui
Educational Details
Spouse Name
Swarup Rani Borgohain
Spouse Professtion

Personal Life & Political Career

Bijoy Krishna Handique (1 December 1934 – 26 July 2015) was an Indian politician who was a member of the 15th Lok Sabha of India. He represented the Jorhat constituency of Assam and was a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) political party. He was the only son of Krishna Kanta Handique, a renowned Indologist. B K Handique was a senior Member of Parliament from the North Eastern Region and represented the Jorhat Lok Sabha, Assam for six consecutive terms since 1991 to 2009. He also served as a Rajya Sabha member from 1980 to 1986. He had been elected to the Assam State Assembly in 1971 from the Jorhat Town constituency.


Early life and education

Handique studied English literature at Presidency College, Calcutta (now Kolkata). He went on to complete M.A. in English from the University of Calcutta.

He attended Jorhat Government Boys’ Higher Secondary School in his formative years.

In Class VII, he joined the local Students' Congress, during India's freedom movement. There, he mobilised other students in a 'Vote for Congress' campaign, before the Assam provincial elections of 1945. He organised literary circles for talks around freedom. This was much against the wishes of his father, who then wanted him to pursue a career in academics.

He became a member of Youth Congress formally in 1961.

1962: School

In the early 1960s, Handique became concerned about the lack of an English medium school in the vast Upper Assam area. This led him to eventually establish the Hemlata Handiqui Memorial Institute [HHMI], the first English medium school in Upper Assam, in 1962. This eventually developed HHMI, which encouraged students to take up subjects as diverse as workshops on music and Shakespeare.

The task was not without its hiccups, though land for the school was purchased by Handique's family. Within months of the school starting its first classes, the Indo-China war of 1962 broke out. This created panic in Jorhat, and many teachers and students fled from the town. He assisted the Red Cross in their efforts at training and organisation.Handique donated his mother's jewellery to the war effort.

"Many people fled following the Chinese aggression and the fall of Tawang and Bomdila in the northeastern sector. There was great panic. Out first principal, J S Walters, went missing. He left without notice, taking only his bicycle with him. Due to fears of a full scale war, the school was closed for a month."

In 2012, the school celebrated its 60th anniversary. Handique composed a song for the occasion, set to tune by a former student.


In February 2014, before the Lok Sabha elections, some sections of Assamese media carried scurrilous reports suggesting that Handique had been an inactive member of Parliament, asking "Only one question in his 22 years in Parliament." Handique responded to this, pointing out that his Parliamentary interventions amounted to nearly 1,000 pages of printed matter, as collected in A LIfe in Parliament. [better source needed] The media was then forced to print his entire rebuttal, thereby admitting to their errors.

Personal life

Handique married Swarup Rani Borgohain in 1965. He had three married daughters and two grandchildren. In retirement, He was an occasional poet and whole time environmentalist. He was deeply interested in ornithology and conservation.

Awards and accolades

Handique was conferred the Venu Menon National Animal Award for Leadership in Conservation in the year 2006, for his key role in conservation of rare birds.


Handique’s debates, speeches & interventions as a Parliamentarian during the last 35 years (including one term in Rajya Sabha) have been recorded in three unedited volumes:[22]

  •     A Life in Parliament: Volume 1 (Rajya Sabha 1980-1986)
  •     A Life in Parliament: Volume II (Lok Sabha 1991-2004)
  •     A Life in Parliament: Volume III (Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha 2004-2014)

The three volumes, which run into nearly 1,000 pages, contain debates on a wide range of topics related to Assam, the Northeast and the nation.

Details of PAN and status of Income Tax return*

Relation Type PAN Given Financial Year Total Income Shown in ITR
self Y 2013 - 2014 Rs 8,47,770 ~ 8 Lacs+
spouse Y None Rs 0 ~
dependent1 N None Rs 0 ~
dependent2 N None Rs 0 ~
dependent3 N None Rs 0 ~

Details of Criminal Cases*

No criminal cases

Details of Movable Assets*

Sr No Description self spouse dependent1 dependent2 dependent3
i Cash 50,000  50 Thou+
20,000  20 Thou+
Nil Nil Nil Rs 70,000
70 Thou+
ii Deposits in Banks, Financial Institutions and Non-Banking Financial Companies S/B.A/C No 0519010105764 In THe United Bak of India Torajan Branch Jorhal Assam Date 14-3-2014, (Joint Account of Spouse Swarup Rani Handique)
3,31,773  3 Lacs+

S/B.A/C No 11541010001421 in The Canara Bank Jorhat Branch Jorhal ,Assam Date 19-02-2014, (Joint Account of Spouse Swarup Rani Handique)
5,85,318  5 Lacs+

S/B A/C No 10023835156 In The Stade Bank Of in India Porliament New Delhi Branch Jorhal Assam
49,52,892  49 Lacs+

Fixed Deposit Receipt DR No.1154.333.19, of Canara Bank, Jorhat Branch, (Joint Account of Spouse Swarup Rani Handique)
10,00,000  10 Lacs+
Fixed Deposit Receipl Bearing DR No 11544044000234 Datr 08-02-2010 canara Bank Jorhal Branch
2,29,712  2 Lacs+

Fixed Depoasit Receipl Bearning Dr no.11544040002071 Date 20-01-2010 Canara Bank Jorhal Branch
2,60,555  2 Lacs+

Fixed Deposit Recipal Bearing Dr No 11544040001212 Date 10-08-2009 Canara Bank Jorjal Branch
34,990  34 Thou+

Fixed Deposit Recipal Dr No 11544040001222 Date 10-8-2009 Canara Bank Jorjal Branch
34,990  34 Thou+

Fixed Diposit Recipal Bearing Dr No 11544040001202Datr 10-80-2009 Canara Bank Jorjal Branch
34,990  34 Thou+

Fixed Deposit Recipl bearing Dr No.1154404000235 Datr2-5-2010 Canara bank Jorjal Branch
6,35,801  6 Lacs+
Nil Nil Nil Rs 81,01,021
81 Lacs+
iii Bonds, Debentures and Shares in companies Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil
iv (a)
NSS, Postal Savings etc
Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil
LIC or other insurance Policies
Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil
v Personal loans/advance given Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil
vi Motor Vehicles (details of make, etc.) One Maruri Sx4 (Zxi) Car bearing Registiation No Aso3H 4242 Chasis No. Najefjcisodi 6636I And Enginc No Mi6an 2026711 Year 2010
8,22,500  8 Lacs+

Onc Vento Car Bearing Registiation No Dl8caw5349 Chasis No Wywe11604bto67 640 arxl Engine No Al So77852 Year 2011
8,20,000  8 Lacs+
Nil Nil Nil Nil Rs 16,42,500
16 Lacs+
vii Jewellery (give details weight value) Nil Gold Omamcntsas Stridhariat 10 Ten
2,50,000  2 Lacs+
Nil Nil Nil Rs 2,50,000
2 Lacs+
viii Other assets, such as values of claims / interests Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil
Gross Total Value (as per Affidavit) 76,03,937  76 Lacs+ 22,74,748  22 Lacs+ Nil Nil Nil Rs 98,78,685
98 Lacs+
Totals (Calculated as Sum of Values) Rs 85,62,483
85 Lacs+
Rs 15,01,038
15 Lacs+
Nil Nil Nil Rs 1,00,63,521
1 Crore+

Details of Immovable Assets*

Details of Liabilities*

Note:(*) This information is based on affidavit filled by candidates in 2014 Lok Sabha Elections. Latest data will be displayed once available.

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