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PM, Manmohan Singh's address to Congress
will educate Americans about NRI sikhs

Washington, July 13, 2005
Mohinder Paul
NRI press

India's Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will address the U.S. Congress on July 19, 2005. It will be Singh's first official visit to Washington as Prime Minister of India. He will also be first Indian Prime Minister to visit Washington after September 11, 2001

Manmohan Singh is invited to Washington by President Bush, intends to discuss nuclear cooperation, space, technology, and reforms at the United Nations with U.S. officials.

After 9/11, more than 350 incidents against NRI Sikhs have been reported. Most of the NRI sikhs were targeted by Americans because they wear a turban and considered Middle eastern Muslims.

NRI sikhs will get positive response from Americans when they watch PM of India with turban addressing to Congress. Americans will understand that all turban-wearing people in the United States are Sikhs who are originally from Panjab India. His turban will appear in newspapers, magazines and on news programs across the Country and it reflect that who sikhs are.

It is very rare for foreign leaders to address joint meetings of Congress. Only 97 such speeches have taken place since 1824 and few months back by Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko.

Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh seems to be the most qualified PM all over the world.


EDUCATION /Qualification:

Stood first in BA (Hons), Economics, Panjab University, Chandigarh,

1952; Stood first in MA (Economics), Panjab University, Chandigarh,

1954; Wright's Prize for distinguished performance at St John's College,

Cambridge, 1955 and 1957; Wrenbury scholar, University of Cambridge,

1957; DPhil (Oxford), DLitt (Honoris Causa); PhD thesis on India's

export competitiveness

OCCUPATION /Teaching Experience:

Professor, Senior lecturer, Economics, 1957-59;

Reader, Economics, 1959-63;

Professor, Economics, Panjab University, Chandigarh, 1963-65; Professor,

International Trade, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi,

1969-71; Honorary professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi,

1976 and Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi,1996 and Civil Servant

Working Experience/ POSITIONS:

1971-72: Economic advisor, ministry of foreign trade

1972-76: Chief economic advisor, ministry of finance

1976-80: Director, Reserve Bank of India; Director, Industrial Development Bank of India; Alternate governor for India, Board of governors, Asian Development Bank; Alternate governor for India, Board of governors, IBRD

November 1976 - April 1980: Secretary, ministry of finance (Department of economic affairs); Member, finance, Atomic Energy Commission; Member,

finance, Space Commission

April 1980 - September 15, 1982: Member-secretary, Planning Commission

1980-83: Chairman, India Committee of the Indo-Japan joint study committee September 16, 1982 - January 14, 1985: Governor, Reserve Bank of India

1982-85: Alternate Governor for India, Board of governors, International Monetary Fund

1983-84: Member, economic advisory council to the Prime Minister

1985: President, Indian Economic Association

January 15, 1985 - July 31, 1987: Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission

August 1, 1987 - November 10, 1990: Secretary-general and commissioner, south commission, Geneva

December 10, 1990 - March 14, 1991: Advisor to the Prime Minister on economic affairs

March 15, 1991 - June 20, 1991: Chairman, UGC

June 21, 1991 - May 15, 1996: Union finance minister

October 1991: Elected to Rajya Sabha from Assam on Congress ticket

June 1995: Re-elected to Rajya Sabha

1996 onwards: Member, Consultative Committee for the ministry of finance

August 1, 1996 - December 4, 1997: Chairman, Parliamentary standing

committee on commerce

March 21, 1998 onwards: Leader of the Opposition, Rajya Sabha

June 5, 1998 onwards: Member, committee on finance

August 13, 1998 onwards: Member, committee on rules

Aug 1998-2001: Member, committee of privileges 2000 onwards: Member,

executive committee, Indian parliamentary group

June 2001: Re-elected to Rajya Sabha

Aug 2001 onwards: Member, general purposes committee

Jue 2004 onwards: Prime Miister of India


India's Export Trends and Prospects for Self-Sustained Growth -Clarendon

Press, Oxford University, 1964; also published a large number of

articles in various economic journals.


Adam Smith Prize, University of Cambridge, 1956

Padma Vibhushan, 1987

Euro money Award, Finance Minister of the Year, 1993;

Asia money Award, Finance Minister of the Year for Asia, 1993 and 1994


1966: Economic Affairs Officer

1966-69: Chief, financing for trade section, UNCTAD

1972-74: Deputy for India in IMF Committee of Twenty on International

Monetary Reforms:

1977-79: Indian delegation to Aid-India Consortium Meetings

1980-82: Indo-Soviet joint planning group meeting

1982: Indo-Soviet monitoring group meeting

1993: Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Cyprus 1993: Human

Rights World Conference, Vienna


Gymkhana Club, New Delhi; Life Member, India International Centre, New Delhi

Name: Dr Manmohan Singh

DOB: September 26, 1932

Place of Birth: Gah (West Punjab)

Father: S. Gurmukh Singh

Mother: Mrs Amrit Kaur

Married on: September 14, 1958

Wife: Mrs Gursharan Kaur

Children: Three daughters



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