Past Governors detail

Shri Krishna Pal Singh
Governor of Gujarat
From 01/03/1996 To 24/04/1998
Date of Birth : 02/08/1922
Date of Demise :
Place of Birth : Birhuli Madhya Pradesh
Family Status :
Details of the life sketch of
Shri Krishna Pal Singh

Born on 2 nd August, 1922 in Village Birhuli, Dist. Shahdol, Madhya Pradesh in a Rajput family. Neither fed with a silver spoon, nor brought up in a silken cradle. The life of Krishna Pal Singh, the Governor of Gujarat has been an exciting story of struggle, sufferings, adventure and experience.

In High School, he organized student agitations, demonstrations, satyagrahas, debates and meetings. When in College, was President of P.G. College Student's Union, Rewa and organized students congress, volunteer corps. Served with dedication during the communal riots of 1947-48 and helped the Sindhi refugees for their transportation and rehabilitation.

In 1942, he plunged into the national struggle for the liberation of the mother land and joined a great revolutionary Bhai Paramanandji. Participated in the ''Quit India Movement''- was arrested and jailed for about one year. After the independence of the country, he continued his tireless struggle for upliftment of the down-trodden, their economic progress and social justice, fighting against the exploitation of the capitalist class and atrocities of the feudal elements in backward areas. Arrested and jailed for more than a dozen times fighting for the causes of students, kisans, colliery workers and other labourers. One he was arrested in a labour movement against one British Colliery Management in District Shahdol, handcuffed and dragged on foot for about 40 Kms. A well-known trade union leader, was Vice President of Madhya Pradesh Unit of AITUC and was favourite of Comrade S.A. Dange. He was enrolled in the Socialist Party in 1946 by Acharya Narendra Dev and had been a close associate of Jaya Prakash Narayan and Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia. President of the Socialist Party of erstwhile Vindya Pradesh and President of Samyukta Socialist Party in Madhya Pradesh. In 1965 inducted into the Congress Party by the late Shri Indira Gandhi. Served in various capacities as a Member of AICC and Pradesh Congress Committee. PCC General Secretary with Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma as President. Vice President of Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee and special invitee in the all India Congress Committee while Smt. Indira Gandhi was its President.

He had a remarkable career in public life. Was elected six times to the Mahdya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha in 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1980 and 1990. He was five times Minister in the Government of Pandit Dwarka Prasad Mishra, Shyama Charan Shukla, Prakash Chandra Seti and Arjun Singh upto 1990. Held several important portfolios like finance, law, revenue, planning, jail, excise taxation and tourism. Served as Deputy Leader in Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha, Party Observer in general elections in Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan and West Bengal and PRO for party elections to Himachal Pradesh and West Bengal and political observer for Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. President of Friends of Soviet Union, India-China Society, Bharat-Nepal Maitri Sangh of Madhya Pradesh Unit. President of India-Africa Friendship Association and General Secretary of All India Indo-Arab Friendship Society.

Widely traveled across the country from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Kutch to Assam covering all the States in India. Visited Soviet Russia five times. Also visited Malta, Hungary, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, East Germany and West Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, France, Italy, London, Australia, Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Oman, UAE, Dubai, Nepal, Sahara (Africa), Algeria, Libya, China and USA to participate in International meetings, seminars and conferences and presided over some of them. A man of learning despite his hard life and exciting career. Made his life by struggle and continuous devotion to knowledge and learning. Deeply studied Marxism and Socialism. Tilak Bhashyas, Vedas, Puranas, Geeta and other Hindu religious books, Bible, Quran, Hadis, Jainism and Buddhism. Keenly studied international relations and world economic problems. From socialist economy to capitalism and liberalization of world economy. Devoted to social justice and committed to democratic socialism and secularism. A religious Khadi wearer and adopted the Gandhian way of life.