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Born on August 19, 1918
Father's Name Pt. Khushilal Sharma Vaidya Shastri
Spouse's Name Shrimati Vimala Sharma
EducationM.A., LLM,, Ph.D. (Cambridge University). Diploma in Public Administration (London), Bar-at-Law (Lincoln's Inn) Fellow, Harvard Law School, Zurich University and Paris University, Doctorate of Laws (Honoris Causa) (Universities of Vikram. Bhopal, Agra, Sri Venkateswara, Tirupati, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidhyalaya and Mauritius)

Positions Held

Member, Bhopal Legislative Assembly, 1952-56;
Chief Minister, erstwhile Bhopal State, 1952-56;
Member, Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly, 1956-71:
Minister. Government of Madhya Pradesh, 1956-67;
Member, Lok Sabha, 1971-77 and 1980-84;
Union Minister for Communications, 1974-77.

Governor :

(i) Andhra Pradesh, 1984-85,
(ii) Punjab, 1985-86; and
(iii) Maharashtra, 1986-87

Chairman of :

(i) International Jury for the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding,
(ii) International Jury for the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development,
(iii) National Committee for Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Centenary Celebration and
(iv) National Committee for K.M. Munshi Centenary Celebrations

Recipient of :

Chakravarti Gold Medal for Social Service

Author of :

(i) Congress Approach to International Affairs,
(ii) Studies in Indo-Soviet Co-operation,
(iii) Rule of Law and Role of Police,
(iv) Readings in Indo-Soviet Friendship and Co-operation,
(v) Jawaharlal Nehru : The Maker of Modern Commonwealth,
(vi) Jawaharlal Nehru Selected Speeches and
(vii) Eminent Indians
Vice-President of India and ex-officio Chairman, Rajya Sabha, 3-9-1987 to 24-7-1992;
President of India, 25-7-1992 to 25.7.1997.
Died on 26th December, 1999.