Rishang Keishing

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Rishang Keishing
11th Chief Minister of Manipur
In office
27 November 1980 – 27 February 1981
Preceded by Raj Kumar Dorendra Singh
Succeeded by Raj Kumar Jaichandra Singh
In office
14 December 1994 – 15 December 1997
Preceded by Raj Kumar Dorendra Singh
Succeeded by Wahengbam Nipamacha Singh
Personal details
Born (1920-10-25) 25 October 1920 (age 95)
Imphal, India
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Khatingla
Children 6
Occupation Politician
Religion Baptist

Rishang Keishing (born 25 October 1920) a senior politician of the Indian National Congress party is a Member of the Parliament of India representing Manipur in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament. Keishing served as Chief Minister of Manipur from 1980 to 1988 and from 1994 to 1997. He is from Bungpa village, Ukhrul District, Manipur.

He is the oldest serving parliamentarian in the world, his term at Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of Indian Parliament ends 9 April 2014.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

He was born to Rungdi Keishing and Mungshingla Keishing in Bungpa Khunou, Ukhrul district of Manipur.[3]

After a year at Kolkata's Scottish Church College,[4][5] he transferred to the St. Paul's Cathedral Mission College, from where he graduated.[6]

Positions held[edit]

  • 1952-57 Member, First Lok Sabha
  • 1957-61 and 1967-71 Member, Manipur Territorial Council
  • 1962-67 Member, Third Lok Sabha
  • 1972-2001 Member, Manipur Legislative Assembly
  • 1974-76 Cabinet Minister, Government of Manipur
  • 1976-80 Opposition Leader, Manipur Legislative Assembly
  • 1980- 85 Chief Minister, Manipur
  • 1985-Feb.1988 Chief Minister, Manipur
  • 1994- March 1995 Chief Minister, Manipur
  • 1995- Dec. 1998 Chief Minister, Manipur
  • April 2002 Elected to Rajya Sabha
  • April 2002 - Feb. 2004 Member, Committee on Food, Civil Supplies and Public Distribution
  • Jan. 2003-Feb. 2004 Member, Committee on Commerce
  • Dec. 2003 onwards Member, Court of the North-Eastern Hill University
  • Aug. 2004 onwards Member, Committee on Home Affairs
  • Oct. 2004 onwards Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways
  • May 2006 - April 2007 Member, Committee on Public Undertakings
  • April 2008 Re-elected to Rajya Sabha (2nd Term) and desired to retire on 21-02-2014 at the age of 94

Political career[edit]

Participated in the Freedom Struggle; attended meetings, etc. as a student during the period of 1945-47; Member, (i) Socialist Party of India, 1947–64, (ii) Indian delegation to Asian Socialist Conference held in Rangoon (Myanmar), January 1953, (iii) Indian National Congress since 1964, (iv) Indian delegation led by late Shri Y.B.Chavan to the 35th General Session of the U.N. held in U.S.A. in 1975, (v) Indian delegation to attend the 51st Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference held at Sheraton, Fiji, 2005 and (vi) Tenth Finance Commission; Founder Head Master of the first High School in the district at Ukhrul, 1949–52; Founding Member and Honorary Head Master, Phungyar High School, 1959–61; Founding Member, (i) High School, Kamjong, 1969 and (ii) High School at Kasom Khullen, 1970; was Chairman, (i) Eastern Border Development Authority and (ii) Barak Development Board, 1995–97; helped to set up, (i) Foundation for Management of Tribal Areas (MATA) in 1998, (ii) Fresh Ginger Oil Processing Pilot Project with technology developed by the R.R.L., Trivandrum in 1998 and (iii) Fruit Processing Unit with technology developed by the C.F.T.R.I., Mysore (presently being set up)

Personal life[edit]

He married Khatingla Keishing in 1950, and the couple had two daughters and four sons.[3]


  1. ^ "Eldest leaves the House of Elders". The Indian Express. 20 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  2. ^ Laithangbam, Iboyaima (14 January 2014). "Oldest parliamentarian Rishang Keishing to retire shortly". The Hindu. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  3. ^ a b "Detailed Profile - Shri Rishang Keishing - Members of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) ~publisher= Government: National Portal of India". Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  4. ^ Some Alumni of Scottish Church College in 175th Year Commemoration Volume. Scottish Church College, April 2008. page 593.
  5. ^ Basu, Pradip. The Question of Colonial Modernity and Scottish Church College in 175th Year Commemoration Volume, Scottish Church College, April 2008, page 36.
  6. ^ Keishing, Shri Rishang

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