Biography of K.R.Narayanan- Former President of India

Name: Kocheril Raman Naryanan

K R Narayanan Former President of India

Father: Kocheril Raman Vaidyar, A Traditional Indian Siddha and Ayurvedic Physician

Mother: Punnaththuraveettil Paappiyamma

Community: A Dalit Community of Kerala

Date of Birth: 27th October 1920 at Perumthanam /Uzhavoor Village in Kottayam, Kerala

Date of Death: 09th November 2005 (At the Age of 85 Years) at Delhi

Studied at :
The University of Kerala- B.A. and M.A.
London School of Economics: B.Sc.(Studied with Scholarship)


Ms.Usha- a native of Burma, originally named Ms.Ma Tint Tint, an activist in Young Women’s Catholic Association/YWCA, met by K.R.Narayanan when he was working in Rangoon, Burma as an IFS- officer.

Children: Two Daughters

K.R.Narayanan with his wife Usha and daughter at Tokyo

The 10th President of India- From 25 July 1997  To  25 July 2002

K R Narayanan Foremer Vice President and President of India

After his studies, K.R.Narayanan worked in the Indian Foreign Services/IFS, in Jawaharlal Nehru’s Administration,as ambassadors to:

  • Japan,
  • United Kingdom,
  • Thailand,
  • Turkey,
  • People’s Republic of China and
  • United States of America.

The former Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had mentioned that  K.R.Naryanan was one of the best diplomats of India.

K.R.Narayanan entered politics and as a member of the Indian National Congress/INC, he became the Member of the Parliament/M.P. and had been a Minister of State in the Indian Union Cabinet under the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

And in the year 1992, K.R.Narayanan had been elected as the 9th Vice-President of India and in the year 1997 he became the 10 the President of India.

K R Narayanan in Rajya Sabha

K.R.Naryanan had been the Vice President of India, when Dr.Shanker Dayal Sharma was the President of India and

K R Narayanan and Shanker Dayal Sharma

H.D.Deve Gowda and P.V.Narasimha Rao had been the Prime Ministers of India.

K R Narayanan and P V Narasimha Rao

When K.R.Narayanan was the President of India  Kishan Kanth had been the Vice President of India and I.K.Gujral and A.B.Vajpayee had been the Prime Ministers.

K R Narayanan and A B Vajpayee

K.R.Narayanan had been an independent and assertive President of India.

He had neither been a ‘rubber stamp’ President nor an ‘aggressive’ President.

According to his own description about himself, K.R.Narayanan  had been a ‘Working-President’, who had been working within the four corners of the Constitution of India.

K R Narayanan with Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf

After India became independent from the British rule, the ‘Father of the Nation’-Mahatma Gandhiji had told that India would become a ‘real’ independent nation,  only as and when a person from a ‘Dalit’ -Community could become the President of India.

Mahatma Gandhiji’s dream/ idea became real,  when K.R.Narayanan belonging to a ‘dalit’ community became the President of India in the year 1997, during the ‘Godlen Jubilee’ /50 Years’  celebrations of India’s Independence.

The ‘K. R. Narayanan Foundation’ / K.R.N.F was  founded in December 2005, aiming at propagating the ideals and perpetuating the memory of  K. R. Narayanan as a mission of collective action to provide better future to the most vulnerable sections of Kerala Society – women, children, disabled persons, the aged and other disadvantaged groups – by providing educational training, protecting their health and environment, improving their living conditions and strengthening their family and community.

Quote of K.R.Narayanan:

“As the President of India, I had a lot of painful experiences, of occasions when I could do nothing for the people and the nation, because of the limitations of power.” – K.R.Narayanan

Related Readings:

List of Presidents of India From 1950 Till Date

List of Vice Presidents of Indian From 1950 Till Date

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