Captain Amarinder Singh
: ਅਮਰਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ; born March 11, 1942), is the current Maharaja of Patiala
. He served as the Chief Minister
from 2002 to 2007 and presently serves as the President of Punjab PCC
. He currently resides in New Moti Bagh Palace, Patiala.
Captain Singh is the son of late Maharaja of Patiala His Highness Yadavindra Singh
, and Her Highness Maharani Mohinder Kaur , Rajmata of Patiala
. He is the head of the royal house of Patiala belonging to the Phulkian
dynasty. He attended the Lawrence School Sanawar
and The Doon School
. He has two children: Yuvraj Raninder Singh
and Maharajkumari Jai Inder Kaur. He is a keen flyer and golfer and shooter.
He was commissioned in the Indian Army
in June 1963 and resigned in early 1965. He rejoined the Army immediately because hostilities broke out with Pakistan
and took part in the actual operations in war against Pakistan and again resigned after the war was over in early 1966.
A soldier-turned-politician, Singh was a personal friend of, and was inducted into the Congress, by Rajiv Gandhi
. Singh quit the Congress in protest against Operation Bluestar
- in which security forces attacked the Sikhs holiest shrine the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab. In the immediate aftermath of Operation Bluestar, the then prime minister Indira Gandhi
was assassinated. Singh went on to join the Akali Dal
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