Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna
(), generally referred to as S. M. Krishna
(born 1 May 1932) is the Minister of External Affairs
and a member of the Indian Parliament
in the Rajya Sabha
. He was the Chief Minister
from 1999 to 2004 and the Governor
from 2004 to 2008.
S.M. Krishna is the son of S.C. Mallaiah, Krishna born in a village Somanahalli in Maddur Taluk of Mandya
District. He completed his Bachelor's in Arts from Maharaja's College, Mysore
and obtained a Law degree from University Law College
, which was then known as Government Law College in Bangalore
. Krishna studied in the United States, graduating from the Southern Methodist University
, Texas and The George Washington University Law School
in Washington D.C, where he was a Fulbright Scholar
. Soon after his return to India, he got elected to the Karnataka legislative assembly in 1962. .
He was married to Prema on 29 April 1964 and has two daughters. One is Ramya.
In addition, Krishna has served multiple terms as an MP
from the Mandya
district of Karnataka starting from 1968 in the 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th Lok Sabha. He served as minister under Indira Gandhi
between 1983–84 and Rajiv Gandhi
between 1984 and 85 as minister of state for industry and finance respectively. He was member of the Rajya Sabha in the years 1996 and 2006. He was member of the Karnataka legislative assembly and council at different times. Between... Read More