|Name||Dr. Manmohan Singh|
|Also called||“Architect of India’s economic reform.”|
|Profession||Economist, now Prime Minister of India|
|Date of birth||September 26, 1932|
|Place of birth||Village of Gah (west Punjab), in Chakwal district, some 80 kilometres south of the capital Islamabad.|
|Degrees earned||M.A., D.Phil. (Oxford), D.Litt.(Honoris Causa); I.N.C.(Assam)|
|Doctoral Thesis was on||The critical role of exports and free trade in India’s economy.|
|Married on||14 September 1958|
|Strange coincidence||He was born in the village of Gah near Pakistan’s capital Islamabad whereas Pakistan President Musharaff was born in Daryaganj’s Kucha Saadullah Khan near Old Delhi.|
|Places visited||Traveled extensively in Europe including Eastern Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa and Asia.|
|Favourite hobby||Reading and writing.|
|Interested in||Social and economic change and international relations.|
|Life Member||India International Centre and Indian Economic Association.|
|Lacks||Strong political base|
|Achievements as a Finance Minister||Devalued the rupee to spur exports, loosened foreign investment rules, opened oil refining, telecommunications and the stock exchanges,rebuilt India’s foreign reserves|
|Authored||“India’s Export Trends and Prospects for Self-Sustained Growth” Clarendon Press, Oxford University, 1964; also published a large number of articles in various economic journals|
|Address||9, Safdar Jung Lane, New Delhi.|
|Email address||[email protected]|
|Opinions about him||Sonia Gandhi: I think the country will be safe under Manmohan Singh.
Hilary Clinton: India will attain greater heights of economic prosperity and growth under the “able guidance”.
Prof M.R. Aggarwal: People like to associate their names with top schools, but there are a few people that top schools like to associate their names with, and Manmohan Singh is one of them.
His Wife: I have full confidence, that he will do his best to solve all the problems.
His Sister-in-law Dhananter Kaur: He is a silent, taciturn and shy person.
His grandson Raghav: Personally, I would have liked him to be the Finance Minister but then all this excitement happened and Sonia Gandhi said she would not be PM.
His friend Amarjit Singh: He is a family friend, a very humble man, very uncomplicated and matured person. We are happy that he is going to be the country’s next prime minister.