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Karan Singh

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india Updated: May 30, 2007 18:29 IST

Karan Singh, an Indian politician, author and diplomat, is the son of the erstwhile ruler of J&K, Maharaja Hari Singh and his wife Tara Devi. He was educated at Doon School and Pratap College and received a PhD from Delhi University.

In 1949, he was appointed as the regent of J&K after his father stepped down as the king, following the state's accession to India. He served successively as regent, Sardar-i-Riyasat and governor of J&K from 1965-1967. He was then, successively, Union Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation from 1967-1973, Minister of Health and Family Planning from 1973-1977 and Minister of Education and Culture in 1979-1980. In 1990-1991, he served as Indian Ambassador to the US. From 1967-1980, and in 1990, Karan Singh served as an MP in the Lok Sabha; since 1996, he has been an MP in the Rajya Sabha. He served as Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University, Jammu and Kashmir University, and Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is an active member of several boards, organisations, and foundations, including the Author's Guild of India, the ICCR, the Auroville Foundation, the Indian Board of Wildlife, and several others. He is an author whose books include: "Towards A New India"(1974), "One Man's World" (1986), "Essays on Hinduism" (1987),"Autobiography" (1989), and "Brief Sojourn" (1991). He received the Padma Vibhushan in 2005. Dr Karan Singh also became the worldwide chairman of the Kundalini Research Association International.