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Kocheril Raman Narayanan Biography

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Born on the 27th of October in the year 1920, Kocheril Raman Narayanan, also known as K.R. Narayanan, was the 10th president of independent India.

Born in Travancore, his educational interests ranged from journalism to political science and he pursued his interest of studying the latter from the London School of Economics with the help of a scholarship he received, thanks to his excellent academic skills.

Coming back to India, he became a member of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) under first prime minister of the country Jawaharlal Nehru’s tenure and served as an ambassador to a number of foreign countries, such as Japan, Thailand, the United States of America, etc.

It is said that he entered the field of politics in India on Nehru’s daughter and the second prime minister of India, Indira Gandhi’s insistence and managed to win three consecutive General Lok Sabha elections that led him to become a Union Minister of State, under Rajiv Gandhi’s administration.

He was appointed as the ninth vice president of India in the year 1992, and took office as the president of the country I 1997, making a record for himself, for being the first and only president hailing from a Dalit community.

He was always focused on economic and social justice for all classes of the society. He passed away on the 5th of November, 2005 at the age of 85.

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