Bishwa Nath Singh:
Dr.Arjun Singh, formerly Union Minister for Human Resource Development Dept Govt. of India is no more as he had passed away yesterday in All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi due to his cardiac arrest where he was going under treatment for last several days .He was a seasoned Politician and a veteran leader of Congress Party. Let us join to condole his passing away and pray for his departed soul to rest in peace in heavenly abode! In his passing away, the country has lost one of its most illustrious sons.
( Photo of Dr. Arjun Singh, formerly Union Minister for Human Resource Development Dept Govt. of India)
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Bishwa Nath Singh:
Late Dr. Arjun Singh was born on November 5,1930 in a landlord family. Hie was a son of his illustrious father Rao Shiv Bahadur Singh who was also a politician. He belonged to the Churhat Jagir under ex-Princely State of Rewa, Madhya Prades...h He was married to Saroj Devi of Pratapgarh near Amarpatan in Satna, M.P. and the couple has two sons and a daughter.He was a wily politician who had thought of becoming the Prime Minister of India at one time, but who saw his ambitions thwarted by the widow of Rajiv Gandhi, the man to whom he remained loyal throughout his life.The first one to react on his death was Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Of the many hats ,he had put on during his five-decade long political career, he really came into his own when he was the virtual number two in the cabinet of Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao during his cabinet 1991-96. As the human resource development minister in the Rao cabinet, Singh was not only responsible for launching the National Literacy Mission but also launched a not-so-covert political mission to unseat P.V.Narsimha Rao when the latter was under siege because of the swirling corruption scandals. He along with senior colleague Narayan Dutt Tiwari launched a rebel party - Congress (T) - which played spoilsport in the 1996 elections and denied Rao a second innings. He rejoined the Congress in 1997 after P.B.Narsimha Rao was sidelined in the party. He played a role in prevailing upon Sonia Gandhi to lead the party when it was in a bad shape. He came back to become a minister in the cabinet of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2004. He was dropped, much to his displeasure, from the second United Progressive Alliance (UPA) cabinet in 2009, and there was speculation that he would be made Governor. He was known to be a good and firm administrator and was Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and Governor of Punjab during challenging times. Known for his sharp political intellect, Singh started his legislative innings in Madhya Pradesh in 1957. He held the post for almost six years in different tenures. He was appointed governor of Punjab by then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi during the height of militancy in the state and worked towards the Rajiv-Longawal accord. His decision as Union Human Resource Development Minister to provide reservations to Other Backward Classes in higher education stoked a controversy leading to an agitation by a section of students. He was the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh when the deadly gas leaked from the Union Carbide factory in Bhopal in 1984. He had clarified to parliament last year the charges about his Government providing safe passage to Warren Anderson, the chief executive officer of Union Carbide, to saying he had no role in the episode. He was working on his autobiography for the past few years which promised to be a tell-tale account of his half-a-century innings in politics. In his passing away on March 4.2011, the country as whole had lost one of its illustrious sons and a seasoned politician.Let us join to pay our humble homage to him!
Being an indian,i am sadden by departure of great politician. May his Soul Rest in Peace'
Anil Kumar :
I pray God and pay my homage.
Ranu Sharma Being an indian,i am sadden by departure of great politician. May his Soul Rest in Peace'
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