R. VENKATARAMAN Biography - Royalty, Rulers & leaders


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The former President of India, R.Venkataraman was born on December 4, 1910 in the village of Rajamedam in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. He received his education in the city of Chennai. After that he started practicing law in the Madras High Court. During the Quit India Movement, he suffered two years detention in jail. Till then, he had become a leading lawyer in the country. In 1946, he was sent to Malay and Singapore to defend Indian nationals who were charged with offences of collaboration during the Japanese occupation of those two places.


Venkataraman was intimately associated with trade union including the plantation workers, estate staff, dock-workers and others. He was elected in 1950, to free India’s provisional Parliament and to the first Parliament. In 1977 he once again was elected to Lok Sabha. Later he was appointed Union Minister of Finance and Union Minster of Defence. He was elected the Vice-President of India in August 1984. After five years tenure of Vice-President he was chosen India’s 7th President in 1987.