Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined in whole spectrum of political leaders who wished former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh best wishes on this birth anniversary. Modi wished long and healthy life for Dr Singh in his tweet.
Dr Singh, who was the architect of economic reforms that led to years of rapid growth, was born in 1932 in Gah village of Jhelum district in what is now Pakistan’s Punjab province. The 85-yr-old served as Prime Minister of India between 2004 and 2014 during the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime. His political career began in 1991 when he was appointed as the country’s Finance Minister under late Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao. It was the same year during which he helped usher in “liberalisation and privatisation” to the Indian economy. Among the many awards and honours conferred upon Singh in his public career, the most prominent are the Padma Vibhushan (1987); the Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Award of Indian Science Congress (1995); the Asia Money Award for Finance Minister of the Year (1993 and 1994); the Euro Money Award for Finance Minister of the Year (1993), the Adam Smith Prize of the University of Cambridge (1956); and the Wright’s Prize for Distinguished Performance at St. John’s College in Cambridge (1955).
He is a recipient of honorary degrees from many universities including the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford. His initial education took place in Pakistan’s Punjab province.