The 13th Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh is one of the most knowledgeable people of our country. An economist became the Prime Minister of India without any political background and take India one step closer to become the developed country.
So, today in his honor, let’s know 10 lesser known facts about him.
1. He was blessed to born in Undivided India. Manmohan Singh, a Sikh was born in Undivided India on 26 September 1932 to Gurmukh Singh and Amrit Kaur in Gah, Punjab. After partition, his family shifted to Amritsar.
2. Manmohan Singh became the first Sikh Prime Minister of India and he served as the PM from 2004 to 2014.
3. Surprising! Manmohan Singh cannot read Hindi. His speeches are written in Urdu and before giving any speech in Hindi, he needs practice.
4. P.V. Narasimha Rao, the then Prime Minister of India appointed him as the Finance Minister of India in 1991(without having any political background) when the nation was dealing with economic crisis.
5. Manmohan Singh is the most qualified Prime Minister in the world with numerous honorary degrees such as Doctor of Laws, Doctor of Civil Law, Doctor of Social Sciences, and an honorary doctorate of letters (D Litt) from Punjab University, Guru Nanak University, Delhi University, Sri Venkateshwara University, Panjabi University, University of Mysore, Osmania University and the Italy’s University of Bologna.
6. The then Prime Minister has a long list of awards which includes the Padma Vibhushan in 1987, the Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Award of the Indian Science Congress in 1995, the Asia Money Award for Finance Minister of the Year in 1993 and 1994, the Euro Money Award for Finance Minister of the Year in 1993, the Adam Smith Prize of the University of Cambridge in 1956, and the Wright’s Prize for Distinguished Performance at St. John’s College in Cambridge in 1955.
7. Since Jawaharlal Nehru, he was the only Prime Minister to be re-elected after completing 5 years of the term.
8. Every morning, he listens to BBC and this habit made him instantly respond to the Tsunami of 2004.
9. Gursharan Kaur, wife of PM changed his snacking menu of kachori and samosa with tea, Marie biscuit, and dhokla.
10. Manmohan Singh’s career timeline:
Honorary Professor at Nehru University. Director of Reserve Bank of India(1976-1980).
Director of Industrial Development Bank of India (1976-1980).
Member of the Planning Commission. Governor of Reserve Bank of India, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of India
Secretary-General of the South Commission.
Advisor on Economic Affairs
Prime Minister of India.
Chairman of the University Grants Commission.
“Life is never free of contradictions”, the wise word is given by Manmohan Singh.