Captain Amarinder Singh

Captain Amarinder Singh is the present President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, he had served as a Chief Minister of Punjab from 2002 to 2007 and presently represents the Patiala assembly segment in Punjab Vidhan Sabha. Earlier he was appointed President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (I) on July 4, 1998, and re-elected as such on November 25, 2000.

BACKGROUND

Captain Amarinder Singh was born on March 11, 1942 as the eldest son of late his Highness Maharajdhiraj Yadavindra Singh and Rajmata Mohinder Kaur of Patiala, one of the largest royal States of erstwhile India. He is the current Maharaja of Patiala royal house.
Captain Amarinder Singh is a father of two children, Raninder Singh and Jayainder Kaur.

ARMY BACKGROUND

He was Commissioned into the Indian Army in June 1963 and posted to the 2nd Bn, the Sikh Regiment, a battalion which his father and grandfather had served with distinction before him. After serving in one of the most difficult field-areas at the Indo-Tibetan Border for 2 years, Captain Amarinder Singh was appointed Aide-De-Camp to Lt. Gen. Harbakhsh Singh, VrC, GOC-in-C, Western Command.

POLITICAL CAREER

A soldier-turned-politician, Singh was a personal friend of, and was inducted into the Congress, by Rajiv Gandhi.
Captain Amarinder Singh started his political career on January 7, 1980, when he was elected to the Lok Sabha as a Member of Parliament from Patiala on Congress ticket. Thereafter he has served in multifarious positions of eminence- as Cabinet Minister, Agriculture, Forest Development & Panchayats, Punjab; leader of the Akali Dal Legislature Party; MLA Samana; Chairman INTACH ; and Chairman, Committee of World Wide Fund for Nature, India (Punjab, HP & Chandigarh), and several other prominent positions.
In 1984, he resigned from Parliament and from Congress Party as a protest against Operation Bluestar - in which security forces attacked the Sikhs holiest shrine Sachkhand Sri Harmandar Sahib (The Golden Temple) in Amritsar, Punjab.

He became convenor of the Sikh Forum and joined the Shiromani Akali Dal. He was elected to the state legislature and became a minister for Agriculture, Forest, Development and Panchayats in the Punjab government headed by Mr. Surjit Singh Barnala. He again resigned from the Barnala government as a protest against the police entry in Sachkhand Sri Harmandar Sahib, Amritsar complex.

BOOKS WRITTEN

Least we forget
A ridge too far
The Last Sunset: Rise and Fall of the Lahore Durbar

FAVOURITE PASTIME AND RECREATION

Gardening Finishing and Shooting.

SPORTS AND CLUBS

Polo, Riding, Cricket, Squash and Badminton; Member of Marylebone Cricket Club, U.K., Naval and Military Club, London, Golf Club, Delhi, Gymkhana Club, Patiala and Officers Institute, Patiala.

TRAVELS ABROAD

U.K., Poland, Italy, Turkey, Switzerland, Belgium, Pakistan, West Germany, Holland, France, Iran, U.A.E and Canada.