SharmaDayal Sharma was the 9th president of republic of india. He rendered his service as president from 1992 to 1997. Shankar Dayal Sharma was a prominent Indian lawyer and politician. He was a scholar with extraordinary educational qualifications. Sharma was the eight vice president of India. He was a famous journalist who wrote on diverse topics from History to literature, Philosophy to comparative religions and many more articles.
He was a great freedom fighter who actively participated for the Indian Independence. To be a part of Indian freedom movement, he joined the Indian national congress as a member. He was dedicated politician who handled many portfolios including education, law and public works. He held high positions in Indian politics.
Family background of Shankar Dayal Sharma
Sharma was born on19th August 1918 in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. His father’s name was Khushilal Sharma. Shankar Dayal Sharma’s mother was Subhadra Sharma. He obtained his education from various institutions. Starting with St. John’s College, he studied at Agra College. After which he got educated from Allahabad University. He took his M.A. Degree in English literature, Hindi and Sanskrit in the university. Sharma obtained LL.M from Lucknow University.
He was brilliant boy in his school and college days who always stands first. He obtained his Ph. D in law from Cambridge University. He was awarded with Diploma in Public Administration from London University. Sharma taught law for 9 years at lucknow university and later on he taught law in Cambridge University. At the time of studying and teaching, Sharma was vigorously involved in India’s Freedom Movement against the British.
Political achievements of Shankar
Sharma started his political career during 1940s. He was actively involved in Indian freedom movement by participating in historical Quit India Movement which was held in 1942.
As soon as he started participating in political activities, Shankar Dayal Sharma joined the Indian National Congress. Under Indian national congress party, he fought against the British rule in India. From the year 1950-1952, He served as a president of the Bhopal congress committee.
Very soon he became the Chief Minister of Bhopal. As a chief minister of Bhopal, he put all his efforts to abolish the Jagirdar system prevalent in India. He served as chief Minister till the year 1956. From the year 1956 to 1971, Shankar served as a member of the Madhya Pradesh Legislative assembly.
In between He supported Indira Gandhi’s effort to obtain leadership of congress Party. Finally he became the Union Minister of Communications under the leadership of Indira Gandhi and served till 1977.
Achievements of Shankar
He was elected as Honorary Bencher and Master of Lincoln’s Innn and honorary fellow, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. The University of Cambridge has honored Shankar Dayal Sharma with degree of doctor of law.
Lucknow University awarded Dr. Sharma with Chakravathi Gold Medal for his dedicated social service. For his striking contribution to legal profession, he was presented with “The living legends of Law” award from the International Association.
Dr. Sharma died on 26th December 1999 in New Delhi due to major heart attack. Shankar Dayal Sharma was a great personality who dedicated his entire life to do service for the nation and the people.