Captain Amarinder Singh, the politician of Indian National Congress who has won the seat is now ready to take the oath for chief minister of the state on March 16 at Raj Bhavan. He is a popular Congress politician of Punjab who has served as CM of Punjab from 2002 to 2007.
And today, he is the lone star in leading the party to victory in a state at a time when Congress has almost vanished from the entire country. It's befitting that on the day he turned 75, he got the gift to become Chief Minister of a state that he has nurtured politically during the stormiest times in the history of the Congress party.
Here we are to tell our users some unknown facts about Captain Amarinder Singh.
Amarinder Singh’s father was Maharaja Yadavindra Singh and Maharani Mohinder Kaur was his mother, so basically he belongs to the Phulkian Jat dynasty
. Preneet Kaur, his wife, was an MP and Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs from 2009 to 2014. Heminder Kaur is his sister and also a wife of the foreign minister (former) K. Natwar Singh. His son Raninder Singh and daughter Jai Inder Kaur complete his family.
Army To Politics
He joined the Indian Army in June 1963 after graduating from the National Defence Academy and Indian Military Academy before resigning in early 1965. He is more popular as Captain Amarinder Singh
because he has served in the Indian Army as a Captain during the 1965 Indo-Pakistan War.
Yes, He is a writer too. A Ridge Too Far
, The Last Sunset: Rise and Fall of Lahore Durbar
, Lest We Forget
and The Sikhs in Britain: 150 years of Photographs
. His recent writing is Honour and Fidelity: India in World War I (2014)
and The Monsoon War: Young Officers Reminisce – 1965 India-Pakistan War
. The Monsoon War
was inspired by his experiences of India-Pakistan War 1965 and Honour and Fidelity
reminds us the Punjab’s contribution to India in 1914-1918.
It’s hard to believe that even being a politician who always suffers with hectic schedule can be a writer, but it’s true. He certainly is not among those politicians who play the political game just for their own benefits or we can say their own “Kursi”. Amarinder Singh
is a versatile personality of India and Punjabis love him more than any other politician of Punjab.
Amarinder has silenced his critics by giving his party the only face-saver in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls by defeating BJP stalwart Arun Jaitley in Amritsar. The huge victory margin made him a cut above the rest nationally and he was rewarded by the party with the post of deputy leader in the Lok Sabha.
Man of his words
In this era where politicians make hollow promises, mislead people and come out of hiding once every five years, he has been one person who has always backed his words with actions. Whether it was his stand on Satluj-Yamuna Link canal issue, or in the past when he took on his own party for the sake of Punjab, he is in stark contrast to the image of the ugly Indian politician that we all have in our heads. He was also seen as a good administrator as farmers reckon his tenure saw hassle-free procurement of food grains and the bureaucracy had a free hand to work.
So believe him when he says he will bring back the heydays of Punjab.