Dr. Karan Singh was born heir apparent to Maharaja Hari Singh and Maharani Tara Devi of Jammu and Kashmir on 9 March 1931. During his 71 years in public life he has held many significant offices in the country. Starting at the age of 18 in 1947, he was the Head of State of Jammu and Kashmir for 18 years. In 1967 at the age of 36, he joined Smt. Indira Gandhi’s Cabinet as Cabinet Minister, the youngest person to have done so. He continued as Cabinet Minister till 1977. Later he became the Ambassador to the United States, President of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, India’s delegate on the UNESCO Governing Board, as well as held the Chancellorship of Kashmir University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and, Banaras Hindu University.
He completed seventy years in public life in 2019 as a renowned scholar, philosopher and orator. A man of letters and recipient of the Padma Vibhushan award, he has authored over twenty books, including his Autobiography, Bridge to Immortality, Essays on Hinduism, Humanity at the Crossroads and India and the World.