Economist, Professor, Politician, Statesman, RBI Governor, Chief of Trade Section at UNCTAD, Economic Adviser, Prime Minister, and much more, this is how one can briefly describe Dr. Manmohan Singh. This brilliant mind started from the very bottom, and touched new heights of success time and again. He was the first Sikh Prime Minister of India and worked tremendously for improving the economy as well as the nation.
This political stalwart is a known personality all over the world, and there are some facts of his life that are quite interesting and must be known by the people.
- DSE Over UN
Singh, after his D.Phil, was offered a position in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and he worked there from 1966 to 1969, under the renowned Economist, Raul Prebisch. While working in UNCTAD, Singh received an offer for working as a lecturer in the Delhi School of Economics, and surprisingly, he accepted the offer to teach at DSE, left United Nations and returned to India.
- Cannot Read Hindi
Dr. Manmohan Singh never had much exposure to the Hindi language in his early life, since he is from Punjab, where Punjabi and Urdu were quite prevalent, in terms of written proficiency. As a result, he cannot read Hindi, and when he had to give speeches in Hindi, those speeches were written in Urdu.
- Holds Several Honorary Degrees
An Honorary Degree is awarded to a distinguished personality for their contributions to the society or in a particular field. Dr. Manmohan Singh has received various honorary degrees by institutions like Punjab University, University of Bologna in Italy, Osmania University, University of Delhi, University of Alberta, etc. These degrees are of several distinct fields such as Law, Economics, Civil Law and Social Sciences.
- A Walk to Remember
Born in Gah, Punjab, Singh later migrated to Amritsar after Partition and lived in a village which did not have any school. However, the absence of school did not discourage him, rather he took the path less taken. In order to attain education, he walked for several kilometers to school, every day. No one would have ever guessed that a boy who did not even have a school in his village, would become the Prime Minister of the country.
- Academic Works
Given that Singh is a brilliant Economist, naturally, he worked on various theses and other academic material related to the discipline. He has written plenty of articles, which were then published in many well-known Journals and Books. The book ‘India’s Export Trends and Prospects for Self-Sustained Growth’ was based on Singh’s doctoral thesis.
- Rejected Nehru’s Offer
Evidently, Dr. Manmohan Singh is a man of his word. While teaching at a college in Amritsar, he got an opportunity to join the government. His neighbor, Mulk Raj Anand, a famous writer, organized a meeting with the Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who offered him to join politics. However, he refused to do so, as he had to honor his pledge of teaching in the college.
It can be said, without a doubt, that Dr. Manmohan Singh is a force to reckon with, and India was quite fortunate to have got him elected as her Prime Minister.