Manmohan Singh

Statesman, Politician

1932 –

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Who is Manmohan Singh?

Manmohan Singh as Manmohan Singh Kohli, is an Indian economist who served as the 14th Prime Minister of India from 2004 to 2014. The first Sikh in office, Singh was the first prime minister since Jawaharlal Nehru to be re-elected after completing a full five-year term.

Born in Gah, Singh's family migrated to India during its partition in 1947. After obtaining his doctorate in economics from Oxford, Singh worked for the United Nations in 1966–69. He subsequently began his bureaucratic career when Lalit Narayan Mishra hired him as an advisor in the Ministry of Foreign Trade. Over the 70s and 80s, Singh held several key posts in the Government of India, such as Chief Economic Advisor, Reserve Bank governor and Planning Commission head.

In 1991, as India faced a severe economic crisis, newly elected Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao surprisingly inducted the apolitical Singh into his cabinet as Finance Minister. Over the next few years, despite strong opposition, he as a Finance Minister carried out several structural reforms that liberalised India's economy.

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Born
Sep 26, 1932
Gah, Pakistan
Also known as
  • Dr. Manmohan Singh
Parents
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Sikhism
Ethnicity
  • Punjabi people
Nationality
  • India
Profession
Education
  • St John's College, Cambridge
    (1956 - 1957)
  • PhD, Nuffield College, Oxford
    (1960 - )
  • Bachelor of Arts, Panjab University, Chandigarh
    Economics
    ( - 1952)
  • Master of Arts, Panjab University, Chandigarh
    Economics
    ( - 1954)
  • Hindu College, University of Delhi
Lived in
  • Assam
  • Chandigarh
  • 7, Race Course Road

Submitted
on July 23, 2013