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Karan Singh

Karan Singh is an Indian politician, author, diplomat and present titular Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir. He was born as the Yuvraj (Crown Prince), i.e., heir-apparent to the then ruler of the state of Jammu and Kashmir Maharaja Hari Singh, in the royal family of Jammu and Kashmir.
In 1949, at age of eighteen, he was appointed as the regent of Jammu and  Kashmir state after his father stepped down as the king, following the state's accession to India. He served successively as regent, Sadr-i-Riyasat and governor of the state of Jammu and Kashmir from 1965-1967. He was then, successively, Union Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation from 1967-1973, Minister of Health and Family Planning from 1973-1977 and Minister of Education and Culture in 1979-1980. In 1990-1991, he served as Indian Ambassador to the US.  He is an active member of several boards, organizations, and foundations, including the Author's Guild of India, the ICCR, the Auroville Foundation, the Indian Board of Wildlife, and several others. Presently, Karan Singh is Chairman of the AICC Foreign Department.