Dr. Karan Singh, MP
[ INC-National Capital Territory of Delhi ]

Father's Name : Maharaja Hari Singh
Mother's Name : Maharani Tara Devi
Date of Birth : 1931-03-09
Place of Birth : Cannes (France)
Marital Status : Married
Spouse's Name : Shrimati Yasho Rajya Lakshmi
Children : one daughtersTwo Sons
Educational Qualifications : M.A., Ph.D. Educated at Doon School, University of Jammu and Kashmir and University of Delhi
Profession : Author, Statesman, Educationist, Environmentalist
Permanent Address : 3, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021 Telephone : 26115291, 26111744, 24102137, Tele-Fax 26873171
Present Address : 3, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021 Telephone : 26115291, 26111744, 24102137, Tele-Fax 26873171
Email Address :;
Freedom Fighter : No
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 and Aug. 2004 onwards Member, Committee on External Affairs 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 onwards Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Defence Aug. 2005 onwards Member, General Purposes Committee Jan.2006 Re-elected to Rajya Sabha March 2006-2007 Member, Samsad (Court) of Visva Bharati 2008 onwards Chancellor, Banaras Hindu University
Books Published :  
Author, (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 Mans 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 and Kashmir 1949-64 Select correspondence between Jawaharlal Nehru and Karan Singh, Penguin Books, 2006, (xxv) Karan Singh: Tryst with History Niyogi Books 2007; (xxvi) Video and Audio cassettes - 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 (xxvii) 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 : 
Culture, Education, Environment, External Affairs, Interfaith, Religion
Sports, Clubs, Favourite Pastimes and Recreation : 
Member, (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 Visited :  
Travelled almost all over the world (five continents)
Other Information :  
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