7th Lok Sabha
Members Bioprofile

KARAN SINGH, DR., M.A., Ph. D. [Congress (U)óJammu & Kashmir, Udhampur, 1980]  s. of Maharaja Hari Singh; b. at Cannes (France), March 9, 1931; ed. at Doon School, Dehra Dun, Jammu and Kashmir University, Srinagar and Delhi University; Honorary Degrees of Doctorate conferred by (i) Banaras Hindu University, (ii) Aligarh Muslim University and (iii) Sri Venkateswara University; m. Smt. Yasho Rajya Lakshmi, March 5, 1950; 2 s. and 1 d.; Political and Social Worker; Regent, Jammu and Kashmir, 1949-51; Sadar-i-Riyasat, Jammu and Kashmir, 1952-65; Governor, Jammu and Kashmir, 1965-67; Union Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, 1967-73: Minister of Health and Family Planning, 1974-77; Minister of Education, Social Welfare and Culture, 1979-January 1980; and also Honorary Major General in Indian Army; Chancellor, (i) Jammu and Kashmir University, 1949-67. and (ii) Banaras Hindu University, 1963-67; Chairman, Central Sanskrit Board, 1963-67; President, (i) Indian Board for Wild Life, 1968-77, (ii) Delhi Music Society since June 1976; and (iii) Sri Aurobindo Centre from 1970; and many other cultural institutions; Presided over several International Sanskrit Conferences; Chairman, Project Tiger, 1972-77; Secretary, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial, Fund, from 1966; Member, (i) Fourth Lok Sabha, 1967-70, (ii) Fifth Lok Sabha, 1971-77, and (iii) Sixth Lok Sabha, 1977-79; Leader, (i) Indian Delegation to the Second World Hindi Convention, Mauritius, 1976, (ii) Indian Delegation to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (1CAO), 1967; and (iii) Indian Delegation to the World Health Organisation (WHO) 1974, 75 and 76.  

Favourite pastime and recreation:  Music, literature and philosophy.  

Special interests:  Study of the evolution of Consciousness with special reference to Spiritual Values.  

Publications:  In English : (i) Varied Rhythms, (ii) Prophet of Indian Nationalism, (iii) Shadow and Sunlight, (iv) Welcome the Moonrise, (v) Post-Independence GenerationóChallenge and Response, (vi) Contemporary Essays, (vii) Towards a New India, (viii) Population, Poverty and the Future of India, and (ix) in Defence of Religion. In Hindi : (i) Yugant Ke Khitij per, (ii) Rashtriyata Ke Agradoot, and (iii) Prerna Ke Morpankh.  

Sports and clubs:  Member, (i) India International Centre, New Delhi.  (ii) Willingdon Club, Bombay and (iii) National Spoils Club of India.  

Travels abroad:  Extensively travelled abroad over five continents on 20 different occasions.  

Permanent address:  Hari Niwas, Jammu Tawi, Jammu and Kashmir.