KRISHAN KANT Biography - Royalty, Rulers & leaders


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Krishan Kant, the late Vice-President of India, was born on February 28, I927 at Amritsar in Punjab, in a family of freedom fighters. He obtained a M.Sc. degree from the Banaras Hindu University and started his career as a scientist with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.


Kant was a member of the Rajya Sabha from 1966 to 1999. He was expelled from the Congress in 1975 for his opposition to the Emergency. Krishan Kant was the founding General Secretary of the People’s Union of Civil Liberties and Democratic Rights of which Jayprakash Narayan was the President in 1976. He was instrumental in the release of Naxalites, after the foundation of the Janata government in 1977. He was also Associated with the anti-liquor movement, which engulfed Andhra Pradesh in the early 1990’s, resulting in the imposition of dry laws in the state, after N.T. Rama Rao won a landslide victory in 1994. He was appointed the Governor of Andhra Pradesh in 1989. He died on July 27, 2002.