Thankur Randhir Singh passes away

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/12/2021 1:54:54 PM

JAMMU, Jan 11: Veteran political leader and former minister, Thakur Randhir Singh passed away at his residence after a brief illness on Sunday.
He was aged 86.
He was first elected to the Jammu & Kashmir assembly in 1962 and remained an elected legislator from Billawar constituency, for four terms. During these years, he played significant role in politics in and outside the august house.
He worked as a senior cabinet minister under the late Chief Minister G M Sadiq, was chief whip under Ghulam Mohd. Bakshi, then Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and Syed Mir Qasim.
He resigned in 1975 under Indira–Sheikh accord.
As a minister, he held crucial portfolios such as Transport, Information, Geology and Mining, Excise, Taxation, Tourism, Ladakh Affairs, Relief and Rehabilitation and Border Affairs in the Jammu & Kashmir state government.
Born in 1936 and hailing from Bhaddu, Billawar, his interest in politics began early in life while observing his family’s commitment to the ideals of secularism and socialism. His family had played a crucial role in saving the Muslim nomadic families from the communal mobs in 1947. Later as a youth activist, social reformer and a politician, he continued to uphold these values even as he changed parties several times.
He also remained a champion of labour rights was also the founder of Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) unit in Jammu and Kashmir.
His political career began with Democratic National Conference after which joined Congress and later National Conference and Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party, from which he finally resigned a year ago.
He is survived by his equally illustrious wife, Prof. Kailash Rajput, Principal (Retd) Gandhinagar Government College for Women, and his three daughters Pratibha, Namrata and Sarita, their respective husbands, Digvijay Singh Jhina, Prem Singh Charak and Giriraj Singh Rathore and six grand-children.
He was also known for his philanthropic work and had a huge social circle in and outside Jammu and Kashmir. His death has been widely mourned.



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