Arjun Singh – the name says it all. The stalwart in the Indian politics passed away today – Friday, February 4 at the age of 80. He suffered a heart attack breathed his last. Arjun Singh was born on November 5 1930 in a Kshatriya (warrior) community. He was an active member of the Indian National Congress party for the major part of his lifetime.
He was the minister in the Union Cabinet in the last Manmohan Singh Government – from 2004 to 2009. He was not inducted in the current cabinet ministry as he was not feeling well for somedays. He was admitted at Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). He complained of breathing problems in the evening and breathed his last at about 6.15 this evening.
He held many positions in his illustrious political career. Some of them are listed below in the chronological order (from 2000 onwards only).
April 2000 Elected to Rajya Sabha
15 May 2000 – February 2004 Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Home
31 August 2001- July 2004 Member, Committee on Rules
April 2002 – February 2004 Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Purposes Committee
22 May 2004 – May 2009 Minister of Human Resource
Apart from these recent positions some of the posts he held which are worth mentioning are as follows:
Arjun Singh was the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh from 1980 to 1985.
From March 1985 to November 1985, he served as the Governor of Punjab.
He again returned as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh for a short stint from February 1988 to January 1989.
He was one of the important members of the Indian National Congress and had a major role to play as a senior leader. Like in a field of politics, controversies and allegations are bound to exist. And so existed in the life of Arjun Singh as well. But like a true visiniory he never cared for it and kept working for the party until his very last.
We pray for the peace of his soul!