Vidya Charan Shukla was born on 2 August 1928 at Raipur (CP Berar). His father Pandit Ravi Shankar Shukla was an illustrious lawyer, freedom fighter, veteran Congressman, premier of CP Berar and the first chief Minister of reorganised Madhya Pradesh. Vidya Charan Shukla graduated from Morris College Nagpur in 1951. He started Allwyn Cooper Private Ltd which was organized big game safari photo expeditions of wild life in Central Indian jungles. The company grew into a global big game safari company and was attracting clients from all over the world especially from Europe and USA. For the general elections in 1957 the congress party chose him as their Lok Sabha candidate from Mahasamund constituency. He won with a thumping majority and entered the Parliament of India as one of the youngest Member. Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru was happy to meet this young, promising Congressman from
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