Some lesser-known Dr Manmohan Singh facts – Manmohan Singh is an Indian economist and the only Sikh politician who served as the Prime Minister of India from 2004-2014. Let’s read about personal life, education, political career, and some more Manmohan Singh facts.
Dr Manmohan Singh Facts – Manmohan Singh life, political career, biography
Dr. Manmohan Singh Personal Life
Dr. Manmohan Singh started his journey on earth on 26th September 1932. His father’s name was Gurmukh Singh and his mother’s name was Amrit Kaur. He was born in Pakistan (Undivided India) in Gah and migrated with his family to India during the partition in 1947.
Manmohan Singh Wife – Gursharan Kaur whom he got married in 1958 and the couple has 3 daughters. Manmohan Singh daughters – He has 3 daughters namely Upinder, Daman, and Amrit Singh who are accomplished in various fields.
Manmohan Singh age – He is 89 years old.
Here is more about Manmohan Singh education and Manmohan Singh Achievements along with some of his crucial moments in the history of the nation.
- Manmohan Singh studied at the Hindu College, the Punjab University, and then Hoshiarpur in Punjab. He studied Economics and got his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 1952 and 1954 respectively. His academic record has been phenomenal. After his master’s, he completed his Economics Tripos at the University of Cambridge. He was a member of St. John’s College in 1957.
- After studying at Cambridge, Manmohan Singh taught at the Punjab University, and then in 1960, he underwent his D.Phil at the University of Oxford as a member of the Nuffield College. His doctoral thesis in 1962 under the supervision of IMD Little later became the basis of his book, ‘India’s Export Trends and Prospects for Self-sustained growth’.
Dr Manmohan Singh work and Political Career
- After returning with his D.Phil, Manmohan Singh worked for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development from 1966 till 1969.
- From 1969 to 1971 Manmohan Singh taught International Trade at the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, and was later appointed as the advisory to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by Lalit Narayan Mishra.
- Manmohan Singh became the secretary in the Finance Ministry in 1976 and was at the planning commission from 1980 to 1982.
- Manmohan Singh was appointed as the Governor of RBI until 1985.
- He also became the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission from 1985-87.
- From 1987-1990, Manmohan Singh was secretary-general of the South Commission.
- 1991 is when Manmohan Singh was appointed as an advisor to the then Prime Minister of India, PV Narsimha Rao and this is how he entered into politics.
- He was elected to the Rajya Sabha by the legislature of Assam and was re-elected again in 1995, 2001, 2007, and 2013.
- Although Dr. Manmohan Singh contested for the Lok Sabha from South Delhi in 1999, he was unable to win the seat.
- It was in 2004 that Dr. Manmohan Singh became the Prime Minister of India. He is also the second Prime Minister to become the Prime Minister of India for two consecutive tenures.
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Now, let’s have a look at some unknown and lesser-known Manmohan Singh facts.
- Manmohan Singh collected 14 honorary degrees of D. Litt from Osmania University, Delhi University, Punjab University, Kurukshetra University, Guru Nanak University, University of Mysore, Sri Venkateswara University, Indian School of Mines, Doctor of Laws from the University of Alberta, University of Bologna, Nagarjuna University, The University of Roorkee, Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University, and Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology.
- A stamp in honor of Manmohan Singh was launched in Uzbekistan in 2006.
- He ranked at the 18th position on the 2010 Forbes as World’s most powerful people.
- Manmohan Singh cannot read Hindi script. His speeches were written in Urdu and he reportedly had to practice before speaking Hindi in public.
- Manmohan Singh’s birth date might not be his actual birth date. His grandmother gave his birth date as 26 September 1932 for admission into school which is how it became his official date of birth.
- Manmohan Singh declined an offer to join the government in 1962 from the first Prime Minister of India ‘Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru’.
- In 1987, Manmohan Singh was given the Padma Vibhushan award. He was named as ‘Finance Minister of the Year’ in 1993 by Euromoney and Asiamoney and was also given the Outstanding Parliamentary Award in 2002.
- Time named Manmohan Singh as one of the ‘Top 100 Influential People in the World’, in 2005.
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