K Natwar Singh
An officer of the Indian Foreign Service, Singh served as India's envoy to various countries before entring the Lok Sabha and going on to become a Union Minister.
Not many career bureaucrats are able to shift successfully to electoral politics. Natwar Singh is an exception. An officer of the Indian Foreign Service, Singh served as India's envoy to various countries before entering the Lok Sabha and going on to become a Union Minister.
Singh was born in Bharatpur in May, 1931. He studies at St Stephen's College, Delhi; Cambridge University, England and Peking University, China. As an IFS officer, he served in several important positions, including as Foreign Secretary, before representing India in Poland, United Kingdom, Zambia and Pakistan as Ambassador/High Commissioner.
He successfully contested for Lok Sabha in 1984 and became a Minister of State in the Rajiv Gandhi government. The ministries he served in include Steel, Mines and Coal; Agriculure and External Affairs. Lately, he has been a member of the Congress party's foreign affairs committee.
Singh is also a writer and a literary critic. His publications include EM Forster: A Tribute, The Legacy of Nehru, Maharaja Suraj Mal (1707-63), Curtain Raisers and Profiles & Letters. He also writes regularly for national and international magazines and journals on political, literary and international issues.
He is married, and has two children.
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