K. C. Pant

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Krishna Chandra Pant
Shri K.C. Pant, the Minister of Defence (India) seen (left) presenting an award.
18th Minister of Defence (India)
In office
23rd Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission of India[1]
In office
2 February 1999 – 17 June 2004
Personal details
Born 10 August 1931
Bhowali in Nainital District.
Died 15 November 2012
Political party Bhartiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Ila Pant
Children 2, Sons

K.C. Pant was an Indian politician and cabinet minister in the federal Government of India.

Early life[edit]

Pant was born in Bhowali, Nainital District of Uttarakhand state. He was the son of Govind Ballabh Pant, a former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. He educated at St. Joseph's College, Nainital.[2] He did his post graduation with science subjects from Lucknow University and won the Chancellor's Gold Medal.

Personal life[edit]

Pant was married to Ila Pant. Later she was also elected to the Lok Sabha, belongs to Bharatiya Janata Party.


He was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1962, and then in 1967, 1971 and 1989. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1978 and was leader of the house during 1979-1980.[3] Pant left the Indian National Congress party in 1998[4] and later on joined the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Negotiation skill[edit]

Pant was known for his negotiating skills,[5] late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi chose him as the chief negotiator to work out a deal with the protagonists of the separate Telangana movement in the 1970s, as Minister of State for Home Affairs he was successful in evolving an agreement that led to 'Mulki Rules' and made the interlocutor by the then Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee for Kashmir during the NDA rule.

Union Minister[edit]

Pant was Union minister with cabinet rank holding the portfolios of Defence, Finance, Steel and Heavy Engineering, Home Affairs, Electronics, Atomic Energy and Science and Technology. He was the first chairman of the Advisory Board on Energy. He was deputy chairman of the Planning Commission of India from 2 February 1999 to 17 June 2004 during the premiership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.


Krishna Chandra Pant died on 15 November 2012 following a heart attack at the age of 81.[6][7]


  1. ^ "List of Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission of India" (PDF). Planning Commission of India. 
  2. ^ Page of the Planning Commission of India
  3. ^ "Members Of Lok Sabha". Parliament of India. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "There is no necessary correlation between Sonia's public meetings and votes on polling day". Rediff Portal. 31 January 1998. 
  5. ^ "An old school politician known for negotiating skills". The Hindu. 16 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Former Defence Minister KC Pant dead". NDTV.com. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Former defence minister K.C. Pant passes away; PM and Antony offer condolences". India Today. 15 November 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
V. P. Singh
Minister of Defence
Succeeded by
Chandra Shekhar Singh