Direct link to scholarships offered by  Govt. of India

List of Private NGOs offering scholarships

Abu Marwan Abdal Malik Ibn Zuhr: ‘Avenzoar’

Abu Marwan Abdal Malik Ibn Zuhr, known in the west as Avenzoar, was

Ummid Assistant

AMU declares entrance test dates for its UPSC coaching centre

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home » Special Reports

Arjun Singh: Crafty Congress strategist, Rajiv loyalist

Friday March 04, 2011 09:55:54 PM, IANS

Related Articles

Arjun Singh, former union minister, governor, and chief minister, dead

Arjun Singh, a former union minister, chief minister and governor, who made a strong bid to become prime minister in the mid 1990s died here Friday evening. He was 80.   »

New Delhi: Arjun Singh, who died here Friday, was a wily politician who badly wanted to be prime minister at one time, but who saw his ambitions thwarted by the widow of Rajiv Gandhi, the man to whom he remained loyal through his life.

Of the many hats he wore 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 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 Rao when the latter was under siege because of the swirling corruption scandals.

At that time, Singh stayed in 3, Race Course Road, that was still not part of the prime minister's official residence, and it became a hotbed of dissident activity before it ran out of steam and support and ended his prime ministerial aspirations.

But Singh, 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 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.

Even though Singh came back to become a minister in the cabinet of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2004, he never reconciled to a party junior as his boss and kept taking decisions that were not in tune with the reformist thinking of the prime minister.

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 never got the job and died an unhappy man who thought he had been denied by the party that he had served loyally all through his life. On the day of his death, Singh was dropped as a member of the newly announced party working committee and made a permanent invitee.

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 rose to become the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh and continued in the post for almost six years in different tenures.

He was appointed governor of Punjab by former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi during the height of militancy in the state and worked towards the Rajiv-Longawal accord.

Singh's decision as human resource development minister to provide reservations to Other Backward Classes (OBCs) 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.

Singh came to parliament last year to answer charges about his government providing safe passage Warren Anderson, the chief executive officer of Union Carbide, 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.







  Bookmark and Share                                          Home | Top of the Page


Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of

Comments powered by DISQUS




Top Stories

Arab World Turmoil: Libya tense, sectarian clashes in Bahrain

Libya slipped further into chaos Friday with protesters fighting for the ouster of strongman Muammar Gaddafi regrouping and angry mourners gathering for funerals of the   »

Gaddafi launches air strikes, Egypt PM quits

London School of Economics chief quits over Gaddafi links


Picture of the Day

Department of Architecture, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) under the aegis of ‘Centre of Islamic Architecture’ had on February 27 organized a Workshop on “Legacy of Islamic Architecture and its impact on Contemporary World”. The workshop was sponsored by Aditya Birla Ultratech.


  Most Read

Government in spot as apex court strikes down CVC appointment

The Supreme Court Thursday struck down the appointment of P.J. Thomas as head of India's top anti-corruption   »

Supreme Court strikes down appointment of CVC P.J. Thomas

Babri Masjid case: Apex court issues notice to Advani

The Supreme Court Friday issued notice to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani, Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray and others on a petition by the Central Bureau of Investigation challenging   »

BJP ideology not fit for secular India: Cong


  News Pick

PMO invites Hazare for discussions, Hazare miffed

Days after veteran activist Anna Hazare threatened to go on indefinite fast if the prime minister did not respond to his requests on the Lokpal Bill   »

Now Dandi March in US against corruption in India

Acquitted in Godhra case, he dies before meeting his family

In a tragic coincidence, Baitullah Ab Gaffar Teli, a 78-year-old bangle seller, died in Godhra a week after his acquittal in the  »

'How will they get back their 9 years', asks mother of 3 acquitted in Godhra case

NRIs want to vote, but through postal ballot

Indians in America have welcomed the Election Commission's move to permit non-resident Indians to vote back home, but feel it would be a tough call to go to India just to vote. Instead NRIs should be allowed to vote by postal ballot   »

Lecturer eligibility test qualifiers to get e-certificates

In a new e-governance initiative, the human resource development ministry Thursday announced that e-certificates will be sent to all those who qualify for the University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) test  »

Scolded over science paper, Class 12 student ends life

Lectured by his family for not doing well in his Class 12 science paper in the morning, a 17-year-old student committed   »

CBSE board exams begin; Physics paper disappoints students


Union Budget 2011

Budget promises more money for all - farmers to corporates

Promising more money in the hands of households by hiking the income tax exemption limit and lowering tax surcharge for corporates, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee Monday presented the general budget for the next fiscal with a fair dose of reforms and steps to curb inflation, check »

Complete text of the budget speech

Highlights of Pranab Mukherjee's budget for 2011-12

Budget allocation for Minority Affairs raised to 2600 crore

Bouquets and brickbats for Pranab's budget

Housewives to Pranab: Thanks for sparing us more headache

Budget 2011: Education gets 24% hike; AMU, Azad foundation get funds

Pranab's budget has Rs.8,000 crore for Kashmir's development



RSS  |  Contact us

| Quick links



Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant






About us




Government Schemes











Contact us





      Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

© 2010 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.