Gursharan Kaur

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Gursharan Kaur
ਗੁਰਸ਼ਰਨ ਕੌਰ
Gursharan Kaur.jpg
Spouse of the Manmohan Singh
Personal details
Born (1937-09-13) 13 September 1937 (age 77)
Chakwal, British Raj
(now Chakwal, Pakistan)
Spouse(s) Manmohan Singh
Religion Sikhism

Gursharan Kaur (Punjabi: ਗੁਰਸ਼ਰਨ ਕੌਰ) is the wife of the 14th[1] Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh.

Gurusharan was born to Sardar Chattar Singh Kohli, an employee of Burmah-Shell, and Sardarni Bhagwanti Kaur in Jalandhar on 13 September 1937 in British India. Her ancestral village was Dhakkam in Jhelum district (now in Punjab, Pakistan). She has four sisters and a younger brother. Her father was transferred to Nowshera near Peshawar, soon after her birth, and she did her early schooling in a Singh Sabha school for girls. She later described herself as an "average" student saying, "I managed to pass my exams. I was more interested in games and in singing Gurbani." Her father was transferred to Ammritsar in May 1947, when she was ten. The family was fortunate to escape the turmoil resulting from the Partition of India a few months later. Gurusharan did most of her schooling in Amritsar and Patiala, after which she went to the Guru Nanak Kanya Pathshala for her matriculation and the Government College for Women in Patiala for her graduation. She received her Bachelor of Teaching (BT) degree from Khalsa College, Amritsar, intending to become a school teacher. She was engaged to Manmohan Singh without ever having met each other. The couple met for the first time after their engagement and married in 1958.[2]

Mrs. Singh is known in the Sikh community of Delhi for her kirtan singing, and has also appeared on Jalandhar Radio.[3]

Since her husband became Prime Minister in 2004, she has accompanied him abroad on state visits. However, the family has largely stayed out of the limelight. Their three daughters - Upinder, Daman and Amrit, have successful, non-political, careers.[4] Upinder Singh is a professor of history at Delhi University. She has written six books, including Ancient Delhi (1999) and A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India (2008).[5] Daman Singh is a graduate of St. Stephen's College, Delhi and Institute of Rural Management, Anand, Gujarat, and author of The Last Frontier: People and Forests in Mizoram and a novel Nine by Nine.[6] Amrit Singh is a staff attorney at the ACLU.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Prime Minister Manmohan Singh - PMO Profile". Prime Minister’s Office, India. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.outlookindia.com/article/Mrs-Prime-Minister/239705
  3. ^ First Lady for all seasons
  4. ^ "Dr. Manmohan Singh: Personal Profile". Prime Minister's Office, Government of India. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  5. ^ Raote, Rrishi (2008-10-10). "This Singh is King of History". Business Standard. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  6. ^ "Meet Dr. Singh's daughter". Rediff.com. 2009-01-28. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  7. ^ Rajghatta, Chidanand (2007-12-21). "PM's daughter puts White House in the dock". Times of India. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 

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