Seasoned diplomat Shilendra Kumar Singh dead
Jaipur | Wednesday, Dec 2 2009 IST
A seasoned diplomat, able academician and thinker-analyst on international relations, Rajasthan Governor Shailender Kumar Singh during his six decade long public life served at various prestigious positions in India and abroad.
Born on January 24, 1932, Singh joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1954 and served in different countries and the External Affairs Ministry including as Foreign Secretary, High Commissioner to Pakistan and represented India at the UN and its various bodies in different capacities.
After retirement from the Foreign Service he was appointed Governor of Arunachal Pradesh in December 2004 and later was transferred to Rajasthan.
Singh served as the Rajasthan Governor from September 2007 onwards. As Governor their, Singh took a keen interest in finding a lasting solution to the scarcity of water in the State.
He always stood by the underprivileged of the State and worked for their upliftment.
From 1995 until December 2004, Singh was the founding Secretary General of the University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India, a key New Delhi-based think tank and policy institution.
In February 1989, he was appointed as Foreign Secretary by Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. He held the personal rank of Grade-1 Ambassador, the highest in the Indian Foreign Service. Prior to becoming Foreign Secretary, he was Indias longest serving Ambassador to Pakistan from 1985 till 1989.
He also served as Ambassador to Austria from 1982-1985, Ambassador to Afghanistan from 1977-1979 and Ambassador concurrently to Jordan, Lebanon and Cyprus from 1974-1977. He was the longest-serving Official Spokesman of the Government of India from 1969-74. In 1968-69 he served in the Ministry of Commerce as Director Foreign Trade. Singh also was a veteran of the United Nations, having represented India in 19 delegations at the world body's General Assembly, ECOSOC, Human Rights Commission, UNIDO and UNCTAD.
Singh was President of the G-77 and for three years served as Indias Governor on the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna. He also monitored General Elections in Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi and Sierra Leone on behalf of the Commonwealth Secretary-General, in addition to the historic 1994 election in South Africa.
He was an analyst contributing articles for journals and newspapers in India and abroad on international relations, geopolitics and current developments. He was also a frequent television commentator. Singh taught History at Agra University. He was a visiting Professor and Member of the Academic Council of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. He served as a trustee and member of the board of directors of numerous cultural, academic and corporate organisations. His was wellversed in Persian, Sanskrit, Urdu and Hindi.
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