Karan Singh

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Singh in September 2009

Karan Singh (born 9 March 1931) is an Indian politician, philanthropist and poet.[1] He was born in Cannes, France.

Singh is a member of India's Upper House of Parliament, the Rajya Sabha representing the National Capital Territory of Delhi. He is a senior member of the Indian National Congress Party who served successively as President (Sadr-i-Riyasat)[2][3] and Governor of Jammu and Kashmir.

Singh is the son of the last ruler of the erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, Maharaja Hari Singh.[4] In the 26th amendment[5] to the Constitution of India promulgated in 1971, the Government of India, of which Karan Singh was a Union cabinet minister, abolished all official symbols of princely India, including titles, privileges, and remuneration (privy purses).[6] During the conclusion of the Cold War, he was India's ambassador to the USA. Singh received the Padma Vibhushan in 2005.

Singh was seen as a possible candidate for President in the July 2017 Indian presidential election by Bhim Singh.[7][8]

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  1. "Dr. Karan Singh". www.karansingh.com. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  2. "Karan Singh on Accession of Kashmir to India". Outlook India magazine. 2017-07-19. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  3. Saraf, Nandini (2012). The Life and Times of Lokmanya Tilak. Prabhat Prakashan. p. 341. ISBN 978-81-8430-152-6. Before leaving Srinagar he also had long talks with Yuvraj Karan Singh, who was then being pressed to become the Sadr-i-Riyasat - President of the State.
  4. Rajya Sabha MP Karan Singh slams attempts to brand Hari Singh as communal
  5. "The Constitution (26 Amendment) Act, 1971", indiacode.nic.in, Government of India, 1971, retrieved 9 November 2011
  6. 1. Ramusack, Barbara N. (2004). The Indian princes and their states. Cambridge University Press. p. 278. ISBN 978-0-521-26727-4. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  7. Bhim Singh pitches Dr Karan Singh as next President, Daily Excelsior, 2017-06-05, retrieved 2017-06-18
  8. "Propose Dr. Karan Singh as next President: Prof. Bhim". JK Monitor. Retrieved 2017-06-18.

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