"Warm birthday wishes to our former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. May he lead a long life filled with good health," PM said in a tweet.
On Tuesday, Singh turned 85. Singh was the Prime Minister between 2004 and 2014 during the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime.
Here are some interesting facts about Manmohan Singh:
- Manmohan Singh's political career began in 1991 when he was appointed as the country's Finance Minister under late Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao.
- It was the same year during which Manmohan Singh helped usher in "liberalisation and privatisation" to the Indian economy.
- Singh, the first Sikh in office, was also the first PM since Jawaharlal Nehru to be re-elected after completing a full five-year term.
- Singh's family migrated to India during its partition in 1947.
- Singh obtained his doctorate in economics from Oxford and worked for the United Nations during 1966–69.
- Over the 70s and 80s, Manmohan Singh held several key posts in the Government of India, like Chief Economic Advisor, Reserve Bank governor and Planning Commission head.
- The important NREGA (National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) and the Right to Information (RTI) Act were passed by the Parliament in 2005 during Manmohan Singh tenure as PM.