Remembering Shankar Dayal Sharma, the President of India who believed in shaming offenders with acts of kindness

first_imgShankar Dayal Sharma was the ninth president of the country, serving from 1992 to 1997.He was appointed the governor of Andhra Pradesh in 1984. After elections in Punjab, in the wake of the Longowal-Rajiv accord between the prime minister and the Akali Dal president, Sharma was made the governor of Punjab in 1985.He then became the eighth vice-president of India and ex-officio Chairman of Rajya Sabha from September 3, 1987, till he assumed the office of the president in 1992. He served in this vaunted position till 1997.Remembering Shri Shankar Dayal Sharma ji, Former President of India on his punyatithi. A freedom fighter and an able administrator, who had served the nation with distinction. pic.twitter.com/zgj48Hw7za VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) December 26, 2018Shankar Dayal Sharma’s student life1. He combined his love for study with sports and politics from his student days in Allahabad.2. A good athlete, a cross-country runner, and a champion swimmer, he flirted with journalism in his student days and jumped into politics during the tumultuous days of the Quit India movement.3. Sharma pursued his higher education at Agra and Lucknow universities. After earning a doctorate in law at the University of Cambridge, he attended Lincoln’s Inn in London and Harvard University.4. Sharma was awarded the Chakravarti gold medal for social service by Lucknow University.5. In 1940, he began his legal practice in Lucknow and soon after joined the Indian National Congress. Sharma’s involvement in the national movement for independence led to his arrest, and he was imprisoned for eight months.Various positions held by Shankar Dayal SharmaadvertisementSharma served as the president of the Bhopal State Congress Committee (1950-52) and chief minister of Bhopal (1952-56)From 1956 to 1971, he was a member of the Madhya Pradesh legislative assemblySharma made his debut in national politics in 1971 when he was elected to the Lok SabhaIn 1972, he was elected president of the Congress party and served in that position for two years. He was the minister of communications (1974-77) in the Congress party government now led by Sonia GandhiShankar Dayal Sharma, a lawyer by profession, made significant contributions as President of India upholding the rule of law. Today, we honour his contributions as President, Vice-President, and as a Union minister. pic.twitter.com/YtG3uURiQL Congress (@INCIndia) December 26, 2018Sharma was a sentimental public leader who sometimes broke down in Parliament before unruly lawmakers. He once said he believed in retaliating by shaming offenders with acts of kindness.In 1990, while he was vice president and was presiding over the upper house of Parliament at time of turmoil, he broke into tears and left the hall, saying that he could not be a party to “the murder of democracy.”Shankar Dayal Sharma died on December 26, 1999, in a hospital in New Delhi. He was 81.Also read | Do you know the salary of the President of India?Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to [email protected]last_img

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