Born into the princely family of Kapurthala, Singh attended Doon School. He later went to Cambridge University with Rajiv Gandhi. After completing his MA in 1971, Arun Singh joined The Metal Box Company and later Reckitt and Coleman.
Singh drew some negative attention for leaving the government before the arrival of the Bofors scandal. Singh left the government without explanation. Singh maintained that he had not received any money from the company.
According to Hindustan Times quoting an article published in Caravan's May 2014 Issue, Rajiv Gandhi, along with Arun Singh and Arun Nehru, was responsible for taking decision on " go ahead" for Operation Blue Star despite Indira Gandhi's consistence reluctance against Army entering the sacred shrine . The decision was taken with an eye on the Lok Sabha polls slatted to be held at the end of 1984.
- "The Return of Arun Singh". Rediff on the Net. July 10, 1999.
- "Rajiv Gandhi - my friend". Janata Party.
- "On the record: Arun Singh, former Minister of State of Defense", Indian Express, 31 July 2006
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