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Narayan Datt Tiwari

(1925 – 2018) – (Uttar Pradesh)

Narayan Datt Tiwari (Aged 93) was born on 1925 in Baluti, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India, into a Kumaoni Brahmin family. His father Poornanand Tiwari, who was an officer in the forest department, resigned and joined the Non-cooperation movement. Tiwari received his education at various schools including M.B. School in Haldwani, E.M. High School in Bareilly, and C.R.S.T. High School in Nainital.

His initiation into politics came early during the Indian Independence movement when he was arrested on 14 December 1942 for writing Anti-British leaflets opposing imperialist policies and sent to Nainital jail, where his father was already lodged. Upon his release after 15 months in 1944, he enrolled at Allahabad University, where he topped the University in M.A. (Political Science). He continued his education with an LLB from the same university and was elected as the President of the Students’ Union of Allahabad University in 1947. He remained Secretary of the All India Student Congress from 1947 to 1949. He was formerly in the Praja Socialist Party and later joined the Indian National Congress.

He served as a three-time Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh (1976–77, 1984–85, 1988–89) and once as Chief Minister of Uttarakhand (2002–2007). Between 1986 and 1988, he served in Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s cabinet, first as Minister for External Affairs and then as Minister of Finance. He served as Governor of Andhra Pradesh from 2007 until 2011. He passed away on 18 October 2018 in New Delhi, India.