Ram Subhag Singh


Ram Subhag Singh
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Ram Subhag Singh in 1967
Minister of State for Food and Agriculture
In office
08 May 1962 - 8 June 1964
Prime MinisterJawahar Lal Nehru
Minister of State for Railways
In office
14 June 1964 - 12 March 1967
Prime MinisterLal Bahadur Shastri
Minister of Commerce and Industry
In office
09 June 1964 - 13 June 1964
Prime MinisterLal Bahadur Shastri
Preceded byNityanand Kanungo
Succeeded byH.C. Dasappa
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs
In office
13 March 1967 - 14 February 1969
Prime MinisterIndira Gandhi
Preceded bySatya Narayan Sinha
Succeeded byKotha Raghuramaiah
Minister of Communications and Information Technology
In office
13 March 1967 - 14 February 1969
Prime MinisterIndira Gandhi
Preceded bySatya Narayan Sinha
Succeeded bySatya Narayan Sinha
Minister of Railways
In office
14 February 1969 - 4 November 1969
Prime MinisterIndira Gandhi
Preceded byC. M. Poonacha
Succeeded byPanampilli Govinda Menon
Personal details
Ram Subhag Singh

(1917-07-07)7 July 1917
Khajuria, Dhamar Post, Bhojpur district, Bihar Province, British India (present-day Bihar, India)
Died16 December 1980(1980-12-16) (aged 63)
New Delhi, Delhi, India
Cause of deathHeart Attack
Resting placeNigam Bodh Ghat, New Delhi, Delhi, India
EducationTown School, Arrah, Kashi Vidyapith and Varanasi
Alma materUniversity of Missouri
OccupationFreedom Fighter,Politician

Ram Subhag Singh (7 July 1917 – 16 December 1980)[1] was an Indian politician who was a member of the Indian National Congress. He served as a member of the 3rd and 4th Lok Sabha for Bikramganj and Buxar in the Bihar state of India in 1962 and 1967, respectively. After the split in the Congress party in 1969, he stayed with the Indian National Congress (Organisation). He was briefly the leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha in 1969. He participated in the Indian independence movement. He was a cabinet minister in the Union Government led by the Congress party.

Early life

Singh was born in July 1917 in Ara district of the Bihar State in India. He undertook his primary education at the Government Town School, Ara Bihar, and his secondary education at Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Singh went to the University of Missouri for completing his Ph.D. degree in journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism.

Activism and politics

He participated in 1942 Bharat Chhodo Andolan along with Mahatma Gandhi. He was close aid of Jawahar Lal Nehru and he fought Parliamentary Election in 1952 from Sasaram Constituency of Bihar State and elected as Member of Parliament in First Loksabha. In 1957 he again got elected to Parliament from same constituency. In 1962 he won parliamentary seat of Bikramganj constituency in Bihar. In 1967 he fought the general election for the buxar constituency and was elected to parliament for a 4th time.

Positions held

Opposition leaders (From right to left) Madhu Limaye, Raj Narayan, George Fernandes, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Ram Subhag Singh.
  • Member of the Central Legislature for over 22 years consecutively.
  • Member of Parliament, 1948–1952.
  • Provisional Parliament, 1950–1952.
  • Member of Parliament, 1952–1957.
  • Agriculturist and Journalist ; President, Shahabad District Canal (Nahar) Kisan Congress, 1952–1955.
  • Member of Parliament, 1957–1962.
  • Secretary, Congress party in Parliament, 1955–1962.
  • Union Minister of State for Food and Agriculture, 1962–1964.
  • Union Minister of Social Security & Cottage Industries, 9 June 1964 – 13 June 1964.
  • Union Minister of State for Railways, 1964–1967.
  • Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, 1967–1969.
  • Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology, 1967–1969.
  • Union Minister of Railways, 14 February 1969 – 4 November 1969.
  • He was the Leader of India's first Opposition in the Lok Sabha, 1969–1970.


  1. ^ Data India, Press Institute of India, 1981

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