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K. R. Narayanan


K. R. Narayanan

10th President of India


Name : K. R. Narayanan
Full Name : Kocheril Raman Narayanan
10th President of India July 25, 1997 – July 25 2002
Date of birth : February 4, 1921
Date of Death : November 9, 2005
Place of birth : Uzhavoor, Kerala, India
Place of death : New Delhi, India
Nationality: Indian
Gender: Male
Spouse : Usha Narayanan
Father : Kocheril Raman Vaidyar
Daughter: Chitra
Daughter: Amrita

Kocheril Raman Narayanan was born on 4 February 1921 at Uzhavoor, Kerala and died on 9 November 2005 at New Delhi, India also known as K. R. Narayanan, was the tenth President of the Republic of India. He is the only Dalit and the only Malayali to have held the Presidency.

K.R Narayanan received his education from the University of Travancore where he obtained an M.A. degree in English Literature standing first in the University. Later, he obtained B.Sc (Econ.) degree from the London School of Economics with First Class Honours specialising in Political Science.

K.R Narayanan started his career as a Lecturer in the University of Travancore (1943). Later he took to journalism and worked with The Hindu, Madras and Times of India, Bombay (1944-45). While a student in London, he served as the London Correspondent of "Social Welfare", a weekly from Bombay edited by Shri K.M. Munshi (1945-48). K.R Narayanan joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1949 and served in Indian Embassies in Rangoon, Tokyo, London, Canberra and Hanoi and held different positions in the Ministry of External Affairs. Narayanan also served as India's Ambassador toThailand (1967-69), Turkey (1973-75), the People's Republic of China (1976-78) and Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs (1976).

After completing his term as Indian Ambassador to USA (1980-84), Narayanan entered politics and won three successive General Elections in 1984,1989 and 1991 from his Parliament Constituency of Ottapalam in Kerala. He was Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from 1985 to 1992. During this period he was Union Minister of State for Planning (1985), External Affairs (1985-86) and Science and Technology, Atomic Energy, Space, Electronics and Ocean Development and Vice-President, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (1986-89).

K.R Narayanan was elected Vice-President of India and served in this position from 21st August, 1992 till he assumed the office of the President of India in July 1997.

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