Raninder Singh

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Raninder Singh
President of the National Rifle Association of India
Assumed office
December 2009
Vice President of the International Shooting Sports Federation
Assumed office
November 2018
Personal details
Born (1967-08-02) 2 August 1967 (age 55)
Patiala, Punjab, India
Political partyPunjab Lok Congress (PLC)
Spouse(s)Rishma Kaur
Yuvraj (Crown Prince) of Patiala
Tenure17 June 1974 – present
PredecessorAmarinder Singh
Heir apparentYadauindra Singh II
MonarchMaharaja Amarinder Singh

Raninder Singh (born 2 August 1967) is an Indian politician from Punjab, India, and son of the former Chief Minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh.[1] He is the titular heir to the Phulkian royal dynasty of Patiala.

Early life and education[edit]

He belongs to royal house of Patiala belonging to the Phulkian dynasty, and son of Amarinder Singh and Preneet Kaur. He has a sister Jai Inder Kaur. He attended Yadavindra Public School, Patiala and subsequently studied at The Doon School, Dehradun. Thereafter he graduated from St. Stephen's College, Delhi and afterward completed a master of business administration degree from Buckingham University, UK in 1990.[2]


He started his political career in late 1990s, by assisting during the election campaigns of his father and mother Preneet Kaur, an Indian National Congress MP from the Patiala Lok Sabha constituency, three times, 1999, 2004 and 2009.[3]

Subsequently joined the Youth Congress division of party himself. In 2005, he was appointed General Secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee(PCC) in 2005 and made in-charge of the Bathinda district. In the coming years, he worked in the region, and as a result he was credited for Congress winning the maximum seats in the Malwa region, in the State Assembly elections in India, 2007, while the party faced a rout in Majha and Doaba regions of Punjab.[2][4]

He unsuccessfully contested Lok Sabha elections against Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the wife of Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal in 2009 general elections, from Bathinda, in a high-profile run up to the elections.[4][5]

He lost 2012 Punjab Assembly elections in 2012 from Samana constituency.[6]

President of National Rifle Association of India[edit]

He was appointed as the President of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) in December 2009. He won from his nearest rival Shyam Singh Yadav by a landslide majority. He has been an accomplished international level trap shooter himself.[7][8]

He was elected as Vice President of International Shooting Sports Federation in November 2018.

Personal life[edit]

He married Rishma Kaur (née Dhingra), daughter of Kuldip Singh Dhingra and Meeta Dhingra of Berger Paints India Limited in 1995, and the couple have one son, Yadauinder Singh (b. 2003), and two daughters namely Seherinder Kaur (b.1996) and Inayatinder Kaur (b.1999).[9]


  1. ^ "Is 'Yuvraj' Raninder heading Kaka Ji Sukhbir's way?". The Times of India. 16 September 2002. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Raninder Singh- Bathinda Parliamentary Constituency (the son of Capt. Amarinder Singh )".
  3. ^ "Patiala contestants 'satisfied' with campaign". Indian Express. 7 September 1999.
  4. ^ a b "It's Badals vs. Patiala royals in Punjab". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 6 May 2009. Archived from the original on 13 May 2009.
  5. ^ "Ruling Singhs vs ousted Singhs in Punjab". CNN-IBN. 7 May 2009. Archived from the original on 9 May 2009.
  6. ^ DelhiMarch 6, India Today Online New; March 6, 2012UPDATED; Ist, 2012 19:01. "Punjab assembly elections 2012: Prominent winners and losers". India Today. Retrieved 24 May 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ "Raninder Singh appointed NRAI president". The Times of India. 29 December 2010. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012.
  8. ^ "NRAI clarifies on Olympic selection". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 14 March 2012.
  9. ^ Berger Paint’s royal connection, 12 Sept 2013.

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