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Detailed Profile: Dr. Karan Singh

NameDr. Karan Singh
Father's NameMaharaja Hari Singh
Mother's NameMaharani Tara Devi
Date of Birth09/03/1931
Birth PlaceCannes (France)
Maritial Status Married On 5 March 1950
Spouse NameShrimati Yasho Rajya Lakshmi
No. of Childrenone Daughter Two Sons
State NameNational Capital Territory of Delhi
Party NameIndian National Congress
Permanent Address
Present Address3, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi - 110021
Telephone : 26115291, 26111744, 24102137, Tele-Fax: 26873171
Email idkaransi[at]sansad[dot]nic[dot]in
Educational QualificationsM.A., Ph.D. Educated at Doon School, University of Jammu & Kashmir and University of Delhi
ProfessionAuthor, Statesman, Educationist, Environmentalist
Positions Held 1967 Member, Fourth Lok Sabha 1967-73 Union Cabinet Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation 1971 Member, Fifth Lok Sabha 1973-77 Union Minister for Health and Family Planning 1977 Member, Sixth Lok Sabha 1979-80 Union Minister of Education and Culture 1980 Member, Seventh Lok Sabha 1990 Ambassador of India to the United States of America (with Cabinet Status) 1991-96 and Oct. 2004 onwards Chairman, Auroville Foundation (with Cabinet Status) Nov. 1996 Elected to Rajya Sabha (resigned w.e.f. 12 Aug. 1999) 1996 - Feb. 2004 Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Home Affairs 1997-99 Co-Chairman, Indo-French Forum (with Cabinet Status) 1998-99, 2002-Feb. 2004 2004- May 2009 and Aug. 2009 onwards Member, Committee on External Affairs Aug. Jan. 2000 Elected to Rajya Sabha 2002 - 2007 Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University March 2003-7 March 2006 Member, Court of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Aug. 2004 onwards Member, Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Installation of Portraits/Statues of National Leaders and Parliamentarians in Parliament House Complex Sept. 2004 onwards Chairman, Committee on Ethics, Rajya Sabha Oct. 2004- May 2009 Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Defence Aug. 2005 onwards Member, General Purposes Committee Jan.2006 Re-elected to Rajya Sabha March 2006-Aug. 2007 Member, Samsad (Court) of Visva Bharati 2008 onwards Chancellor, Banaras Hindu University July 2009 onwards Member, Advisory Council of the Delhi Development Authority Dec. 2009 onwards Member, Joint Parliamentary Committee on Maintenance of Heritage Character and Development of Parliament House July 2010 onwards Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of External Affairs Jan. 2012 Re-elected to Rajya Sabha
Freedom FighterNo
Books PublishedAuthor, (i) Varied Rhythms (Essays and Poems), (ii) Shadow and Sunlight (Dogri Folk Songs), (iii) Prophet of Indian Nationalism (The Political Thought of Sri Aurobindo Ghosh), (iv) Welcome the Moonrise (Poems), (v) Post-Independence Generation, Challenge and Response, (vi) Contemporary Essays, (vii) Population, Poverty and the Future of India, (viii) In Defence of Religion, (ix) Religions of India, (x) One Man's World, (xi) Bridge to Immortality (The Mundaka Upanishad), (xii) Humanity at the Crossroads, (xiii) Autobiography, (xiv) Essays on Hinduism, (xv) Brief Sojourn, (xvi) Hymn to Shiva and Other Poems, (xvii) The Mountain of Shiva (Novel), (xviii) India and the World, (xix) Hinduism: The Eternal Religion, (xx) The Earth Has No Corners (a felicitation volume) Shipra Publications, Delhi, 2001, (xxi) As I see it – The Karan Singh Reader, Full Circle Publishers, Delhi, 2001, (xxii) Letters from Mirtola, Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, 2004, (xxiii) I Believe, Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, 2006, (xxiv) Jammu & Kashmir 1949-64: Select correspondence between Jawaharlal Nehru & Karan Singh, Penguin Books, 2006, and (xxv) Karan Singh: Tryst with History; Niyogi Books 2007; Video and Audio cassettes : (i) The Message of Vedanta (a set of three video cassettes on Upanishads, Bhagawad Gita and Sri Aurobindo, brought out by I.I.T., Delhi) and (ii) Voices of Freedom (a set of two C.Ds and audio cassettes brought out by H.M.V.)
Social and Cultural Activities, Literary, Artistic and Scientific Accomplishments and other Special Interests
Sports, Clubs, Favourite Pastimes and RecreationMember, (i) Willingdon Sports Club, Mumbai, (ii) Royal Western India Turf Club, Mumbai, (iii) Delhi Gymkhana Club and (iv) India Habitat Centre; reading books, Indian classical and folk music
Countries VisitedTravelled almost all over the world (five continents)
Other InformationJoined active political life at an early age of eighteen years; appointed Regent by his father on the intervention of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1949; Head of the Indian State of Jammu & Kashmir for next eighteen years; as Regent, elected Sadar-i-Riyasat and Governor; the only former ruler of a princely State to voluntarily surrender his privy purse and put the entire sum into the Hari-Tara Charitable Trust named after his parents in the service of the people of India; converted his Amar Mahal Palace located in Jammu into a Museum and Library which contains a priceless collection of Pahari miniatures and modern Indian art as well as his personal library of over twenty thousand volumes; looking after several other trusts in Jammu & Kashmir including the Dharmarth Trust which administers over a hundred Hindu shrines and temples; Founder, International Centre for Science, Culture and Consciousness; President, (i) People's Commission on Environment and Development (India), and (ii) Indian Council for Cultural Relations (I.C.C.R) with Cabinet rank in 2005; Chairman, (i) Virat Hindu Samaj which seeks social reforms on the basis of universal, vedantic values and (ii) Temple of Understanding, a global Interfaith organisation; Vice-Chairman, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund; was Chairman, (i) Central Sanskrit Board and (ii) Indian Board of Wildlife; was head of Project Tiger; Member, (i) Club of Rome, (ii) Club of Budapest, (iii) National Integration Council since November 2004, (iv) Jury for the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding, April 2005-March 2008 and (v) National Committee for Celebration of 2550th Anniversary of Mahaprinirvana of Lord Buddha, January 2006; was Member, U.N.E.S.C.O. International Commission on Education for the twenty-first century; Trustee, (i) India International Centre and (ii) Green Cross International; was Chancellor, (i) Jammu & Kashmir University and (ii) Banaras Hindu University; associated with many cultural and academic institutions and has received several honorary degrees and other awards, including doctorates from the Banaras Hindu University, Aligarh Muslim University and Soka University, Tokyo; took the M.A. degree of Delhi University in Political Science with a first class first in 1957, creating a University record which is still unbroken; represented India at important international conferences; has given lectures in five continents on philosophy, culture, politics and environment; awarded, (i) National Integration Award for 2005 from the National Commission for Minorities and (ii) Padma Vibhushan Award, 2005; India's representative on the Executive Board of UNESCO since November 2009

Source: Rajya Sabha