A statesman, jurist and administrator S. Swaran Singh is known for professional competence and deft handling of every portfolio assigned to him from Works and Housing to Food and Agriculture; Industries and Supplies to Railways; Mines and Steel to Defence. In short he adorned all ministerial positions in the Central Government except Home and Finance. But till date he is best remembered as the MOST SUCCESSFUL FOREIGN MINISTER of India in which capacity he rose to the status of a Master Negotiator for India on bilateral and multi-lateral forums. Former Pakistan Prime Minister Late Z.A. Bhutto had a lot of praise for him during Shimla Agreement. His speech in the UNO is even today quoted as an example. India's diplomatic victory over Pakistan in Bandung summit (Jakarta) in 1955, under his shrewd leadership, was a notable and glorious event of India's diplomatic history. Swaran Singh - Feroze Khan Noon agreement on the borders of India and Pakistan made memorable his tenure as Foreign Minister for the Indian subcontinent. He was the architect of the Tashkent agreement, the Shimla Agreement and the Indus Water Treaty with Pakistan. Indus Water Treaty resulted in a large share of Ravi waters to India. To turn the world opinion in favour of India on the issue of Bangladesh, was one of his great achievements.
An Akali turned Congressman and a former minister on Akali quota in undivided Punjab before partition, S. Swaran Singh was the second Congress leader after Indira Gandhi, who worked with Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru and Lal Bahadur Shastri and after that even with Indira Gandhi, thus making a record of having longest cabinet experience of 23 years from 1952 to 1975. He was the most durable member of the cabinet and this was because of his vast diplomatic and administrative experience and prowess in handling the affairs. His wit and memory were remarkably sharp. On one occasion the Indian team visiting Pakistan for negotiations on Indus Waters found itself in dilemma as the Prime Minister's office misplaced the file on the subject.Download Ebook to Read Continue