Sir Phirozeshah Mehta – Patriot and social reformer in the 19th century;.Dadabhoy Nowroji ,Known as the grandfather of India, social reformer and first Indian to be elected to the British house of Commons in the 19th century; Swami Vivekananda; W.C. Bannerjee , A founder member of the Indian National Congress: President Dr. Rajendra Prasad – Freedom fighter and the first President of Independent India; President Dr. S. Radhakrishnan first Vice President and the second President of Independent India: Pandit Motilal Nehru – Freedom fighter and father of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of Independent India; President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed – President of India; Sir Dorabji Jamshedji Tata – Barrister, Industrialist;J.R.D. Tata; Dr. C.
Rajagopalachari – The first and last Governor General of Independent India; Dr. Badruddin Tyabji – Leader, Patriot and Founder Member of the Indian National Congress; His Holiness Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah – Aga Khan and The Nawab Of Pataudi Mansur Ali Khan are some name who have been members of Freemasons in India
Freemasonry has always fascinated people from all walks of life. The kaleidoscope of its membership has included Royalty, Aristocracy, judges, Gentry and Commoners alike. Freemasons in India have been no exception, and have contributed to India over the last three centuries in no small manner.
But this charitable organization has always remained shrouded in to mystery for maintain a veil; of secrecy over its rituals, operations and activities. It has prized properties all over the country in the form of Masonic lodges.
The origins and early development of Freemasonry are a matter of some debate and conjecture. A poem known as the “ Regius Manuscript” has been dated to approximately 1390 and is the oldest known Masonic text There is evidence to suggest that there were Masonic lodges in existence in Scotland as early as the late sixteenth century.
Dan Brown has written in The Da Vince Code about the organization but not to the likings of the members of Freemasons. However, in his latest book “The Lost Symbol” he has showcased the Freemasons in the perspective which has delighted the freemasons’ members.