Dr. Karan Singh
[Indian National Congress]

Father's Name:

Maharaja Hari Singh

Mother's Name:

Maharani Tara Devi

Date of Birth:

9 March 1931

Place of Birth:

Cannes (France)

Marital Status:

Married on 5 March 1950

Spouse's Name:

Shrimati Yasho Rajya Lakshmi



Two sons and one daughter

Educational Qualifications:

M.A., Ph.D. Educated at Doon School, University of Jammu & Kashmir and University of Delhi


Author, Statesman, Educationist, Environmentalist

Permanent Address:


Present Address:

(i) 3, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021
Tel. - 26115291, 26117444, 24102137, Tele-Fax 26873171
(ii) 24, Willingdon Crescent, New Delhi
Tel. - 26115291, Tele-Fax 26873171, 9868181220(M)

E-mail: karansi@sansad.nic.in; karansingh@karansingh.com

Positions Held:


1967 Member, Fourth Lok Sabha 1967-73 Union Cabinet Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation 1971 Member, Fifth Lok Sabha 1973-77 Union Minister for Health and Family Planning 1977 Member, Sixth Lok Sabha 1979-80 Union Minister of Education and Culture 1980 Member, Seventh Lok Sabha 1990 Ambassador of India to the United States of America (with Cabinet Status) 1991-96 Chairman, Auroville Foundation (with Cabinet Status) Nov. 1996 Elected to Rajya Sabha (resigned w.e.f. 12 Aug. 1999) 1996-Feb. 2004 Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Home Affairs 1997-99 Co-Chairman, Indo-French Forum (with Cabinet Status) 1998-99 and 2002-Feb. 2004 Member, Committee on External Affairs and Aug. 2004 onwards Jan. 2000 Elected to Rajya Sabha 2002 onwards Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University March 2003 onwards Member, Court of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Aug. 2004 onwards Member, Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Installation of Portraits/Statues of National Leaders and Parliamentarians in Parliament House Complex Sept. 2004 onwards Chairman, Ethics Committee

Books Published :


Author, (i) Varied Rhythms (Essays and Poems), (ii) Shadow and Sunlight (Dogri Folk Songs), (iii) Prophet of Indian Nationalism (The Political Thought of Sri Aurobindo Ghosh), (iv) Welcome the Moonrise (Poems), (v) Post-Independence Generation, Challenge and Response, (vi) Contemporary Essays, (vii) Population, Poverty and the Future of India, (viii) In Defence of Religion, (ix) Religions of India, (x) One Man's World, (xi) Bridge to Immortality (The Mundaka Upanishad), (xii) Humanity at the Crossroads, (xiii) Autobiography, (xiv) Essays on Hinduism, (xv) Brief Sojourn, (xvi) Hymn to Shiva and Other Poems, (xvii) The Mountain of Shiva (Novel), (xviii) India and the World, (xix) Hinduism: The Eternal Religion, (xx) The Earth Has No Corners (a felicitation volume) Shipra Publications, Delhi, 2001, (xxi) As I see it - The Karan Singh Reader, Full Circle Publishers, Delhi, 2001, (xxii) Video and Audio cassettes - The Message of Vedanta (a set of three video cassettes on Upanishads, Bhagawad Gita and Sri Aurobindo, brought out by I.I.T., Delhi) and (xxiii) Voices of Freedom (a set of two C.D.s and audio cassettes brought out by H.M.V.)

Social and Cultural Activities, Literary, Artistic and Scientific Accomplishments and other Special Interests: Culture, Education, Environment, External Affairs, Interfaith, Religion

Sports, Clubs, Favourite Pastimes and Recreation: 

Member, (i) Willingdon Sports Club, Bombay, (ii) Royal Western India Turf Club, Bombay, (iii) Delhi Gymkhana Club and (iv) India Habitat Centre; reading books, Indian classical and folk music

Countries Visited:

 Travelled almost all over the world (five continents)

Other Information :

Joined active political life at an early age of eighteen years; appointed Regent by his father on the intervention of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1949; Head of the Indian State of Jammu & Kashmir for next eighteen years; as Regent, elected Sadar-i-Riyasat and Governor; the only former ruler of a princely State to voluntarily surrender his privy purse and put the entire sum into the Hari-Tara Charitable Trust named after his parents in the service of the people of India; converted his Amar Mahal Palace located in Jammu into a Museum and Library which contains a priceless collection of Pahari miniatures and modern Indian art as well as his personal library of over twenty thousand volumes; looking after several other trusts in Jammu & Kashmir including the Dharmarth Trust which administers over a hundred Hindu shrines and temples; Founder, International Centre for Science, Culture and Consciousness; President, People's Commission on Environment and Development (India); Chairman, (i) Virat Hindu Samaj which seeks social reforms on the basis of universal, vedantic values and (ii) Temple of Understanding, a global Interfaith organisation; Vice-Chairman, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund; was Chairman, (i) Central Sanskrit Board and (ii) Indian Board of Wildlife; was head of Project Tiger; Member, (i) Club of Rome and (ii) Club of Budapest; was Member, U.N.E.S.C.O. International Commission on Education for the twenty-first century; Trustee, (i) India International Centre and (ii) Green Cross International; was Chancellor, (i) Jammu & Kashmir University and (ii) Banaras Hindu University; associated with many cultural and academic institutions and has received several honorary degrees and other awards, including doctorates from the Banaras Hindu University, Aligarh Muslim University and Soka University, Tokyo; took the M.A. degree of Delhi University in Political Science with a first class first in 1957, creating a University record which is still unbroken; represented India at important international conferences; has given lectures in five continents on philosophy, culture, politics and environment