Sunday, 21 December 2008
Dr Manmohan Singh, born 26 September 1932, is the 17th and current prime minister of the Republic of India. He also serves as the Union Minister for Finance. He is the first Sikh prime minister of India and was elected to this post on the 22nd May 2004. He is an economist by profession and has worked for organisations such as the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations. He is an economist by profession and is widely credited for initiating the economic reforms in 1991 whilst he was the Finance Minister. He has a masters degree from St. John's College, Cambridge University and an honorary Doctor of Civil Law from the Oxford University. Cambridge University have named a PhD scholarship after him called the Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarship that is awarded to economically disadvantaged Indian students at the university. He is considered to be the most educated Indian Prime Minister in history. Singh's administration has focused on reducing the fiscal deficit, providing debt-relief to farmers and introducing social programs. He is probably the most famous living Sikh in the World today.