Natwar Singh , Shri K.
Minister of External Affairs

Father's Name :

Shri Govind Singhji

Mother's Name :

Shrimati Prayag Kaur

Date of Birth :

16 May 1931

Place of Birth :

Bharatpur (Rajasthan)

Marital Status :

Married on 21 August 1967

Spouse's Name :

Shrimati Heminder Kumari


Children :

One son

Educational Qualifications :

B. A.(Hons.) History Educated at St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi, Delhi, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, U.K. and Peking University, Peking, China

Profession :

Diplomat, Writer and Political Worker

Permanent Address :

" Govind Niwas", Bharatpur, Rajasthan. 321001
Tel. - {05644} 228201

Present Address :

19, Teen Murti Lane, New Delhi 110011
Tel. - 23010098, Mobile 9811112550,9868181186
E-mail :

Positions Held :


1971-73 Ambassador to Poland, 1973-77, Deputy High Commissioner to U.K.,1977-80 High Commissioner to Zambia, 1980-82 Ambassador to Pakistan, 1982-84 Director, Air India Board of Directors, 1984-89 Member, Eighth Lok Sabha, 1985-86 Union Minister of State, Department of Steel in the Ministry of Steel, Mines and Coal, Union Minister of State, Department of Fertilizers in the Ministry of Agriculture, Oct. 1986-Dec. 1989 Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs, March 1998-April 1999 Member, Twelfth Lok Sabha, Member, Committee on External Affairs and its Sub-Committee-I Member, Committee on Public Accounts, Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of External Affairs, April 2002, Elected to Rajya Sabha, April 2002 May 2004 Member, Committee on External Affairs

May 23, 2004 Appointed, External Affairs Minister


Books Published :


(i) E.M.Forster : A Tribute, New York, 1964, (ii) The Legacy of Nehru, New York, 1965, (iii) Tales from Modern India, New York, 1966, (iv) Stories from India, London, 1971, (v) Maharaja Suraj Mal (1707-63), London, 1981, (vi) Curtain Raisers, Delhi,1984, (vii) Profiles & Letters, Delhi, 1997 and (viii) The Magnificent Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala (1891-1938), Delhi, 1997

Social and Cultural Activities, Literary, Artistic and Scientific Accomplishments and other Special Interests : 

Reviews books for national and international newspapers and magazines; his writings and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Saturday Review, Sunday Times, New Statesman and Financial Times (London), India Today, Frontline, Outlook, Sunday, Hindustan Times, Times of India, Indian Express, Telegraph and many Hindi dailies; received, (i) Padma Bhushan, 1984 and (ii) E.M. Forster's Literary Award, 1989; good conversation followed by prolonged periods of reflective silence

Sports, Clubs, Favourite Pastimes and Recreation : 

Tennis, hockey, cricket, football and athletics in college days; Champion, (i) Delhi State Junior Tennis, 1949 and (ii) Delhi University Tennis, 1950-51; College Colours in tennis, hockey, football, cricket and athletics; President, (i) Delhi Gymkhana Club, 1984 and (ii) All India Tennis Association, 1988-92; Member,(i) The Garrick, (ii) The Royal Overseas League and (iii) Delhi Gymkhana Club; tennis, watching cricket, reading, writing, collecting books and reading them

Countries Visited :


Widely travelled (over 100 countries) in connection with the diplomatic and other official assignments

Other Information :


Joined the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) in 1953; during 31 years in the IFS, served in Peking, 1956-58, New York - with the Permanent Mission of India, 1961-66; India's representative to Executive Board of UNICEF, 1962-66; Rapporteur , (i) United Nations Committee of 24, 1963-66 and (ii) Fourth Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, 1965; Member, (i) Prime Minister's Secretariat (Smt. Indira Gandhi) 1966-71, (ii) Indian delegation to the Heads of Commonwealth Meeting , Kingston, Jamaica, 1975 and (iii) Congress (I) since 1984 ; Indian Delegate to (i) 30th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, New York , (ii) Heads of Commonwealth Meeting, Lusaka, Zambia, 1979 and (iii) 35th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, New York ; and State visit of the late Prime Minister (Smt. Indira Gandhi) to USA, 1982; Executive Trustee , United Nations Institute for Training and Research (U.N.I.T.A.R.) appointed by the Secretary-General, United Nations, for six years (1981-86); served on Expert Group appointed by the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, London, 1982; Secretary-General , Seventh Non-aligned summit, New Delhi, 1983; Chief Coordinator, Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) New Delhi, 1983; Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, March 1982 - November 1984; elected President, UN Conference on Disarmament and Development, New York, 1987; Leader, Indian delegation to the 42nd Session of the UN General Assembly; Secretary, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund; Vice-Chairman, Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust



Minister of External Affairs
Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi