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also known as Kunwar Natwar Singh

Indian government official

Natwar Singh, former Indian government official. Recipient Padma Bhushan, 1984, Engineer of Mines Forster Literary award, 1989.


Singh, Natwar was born on May 16, 1931 in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India. Son of Govind Singhji and Prayag Kaur.


Bachelor in History, St. Stephens College, University of Delhi. Student, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, United Kingdom. Student, Peking (now Beijing) University, China.


Member Indian Foreign Service, 1953—1982. Served in Peking, 1956—1958. With Permanent Indian Mission to United Nations, New York City, 1961—1966.

Member Prime Minister Secretariat, 1966—1971. Indian ambassador to Poland Warsaw, 1971—1973. Deputy high commissioner to United Kingdom, 1973—1977.

High commissioner to Zambia, 1977—1980. Indian ambassador to Pakistan Islamabad, 1980—1982. Member Eighth Lok Sabha, 1985—1988.

Union minister of state Department of Steel in Ministry of Steal, Mines and Coal, 1985—1986, Department of Fertilizers in Ministry of Agriculture, 1985—1986. Minister state Government of India, New Delhi, 1986—1989, minister external affairs, 2004—2005. Member 12th Lok Sabha, 1998—1999, Rajya Sabha, since 2002.

Director Air India, 1982—1984.


India's representative to executive board United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, 1962—1966. Executive trustee United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), 1981—1986. Indian delegate to 30th Session United Nations General Assembly, 1984.

Member of Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust (vice chairman), Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund (secretary).


  • Other Interests

    Cricket, reading, writing, tennis.


Married Heminder Kumari.

Govind Singhji

Prayag Kaur

Heminder Kumari