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Headline: Anthony Lancelot Dias
Souce: The Times (UK). 4 Nov. 2002 at

Anthony Lancelot Dias, Indian civil servant, was born on March 13, 1910. He
died in Bombay on September 22, 2002, aged 92.

A member of the elite Indian Civil Service, which he served with distinction
until his retirement in 1969, A. L. Dias is perhaps best known for the role
he played as Governor of West Bengal in shepherding that state through the
turmoil of left-wing extremism in the early 1970s.

Though Dias originally hailed from the Portugese colonial enclave of Goa, he
joined the “Bombay cadre” of the Indian Civil Service after studying at the
London School of Economics. Known as a keen and able administrator, he held
a number of important posts in the erstwhile Bombay presidency and
Maharashtra, as the province came to be known eventually in independent

After serving as Maharashtra Home Secretary, he moved to Delhi, where he
worked as Food Secretary during the particularly turbulent food shortages of
the late 1960s. He dealt with the 1966 Bihar drought, and his previous
experience as chairman of the Bombay Port Trust enabled him to see India
through its “ship to mouth” existence. He subsequently helped to set up the
public sector Modern Bakeries
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