Zail Singh

Indian politician and former President of India (1916-1994)

Gyani Zail Singh (audio speaker iconpronunciation ; born Jarnail Singh, 5 May 1916 – 25 December 1994[2]) was an Indian politician. He was the seventh President of India from 1982 to 1987. He was a politician with the Indian National Congress party.

Zail Singh
Zail Singh during his presidency.jpg
7th President of India
In office
25 July 1982 – 25 July 1987
Prime MinisterIndira Gandhi
Rajiv Gandhi
Vice PresidentMohammad Hidayatullah
R. Venkataraman
Preceded byNeelam Sanjiva Reddy
Succeeded byR. Venkataraman
Minister of Home Affairs
In office
14 January 1980 – 22 June 1982
Prime MinisterIndira Gandhi
Preceded byYashwantrao Chavan
Succeeded byR. Venkataraman
9th Chief Minister of Punjab
In office
17 March 1972 – 30 April 1977
Preceded byPresident's rule
Succeeded byPresident's rule
Personal details
Jarnail Singh

(1916-05-05)5 May 1916
Sandhwan, Punjab Province, British India
(now in Punjab, India)
Died25 December 1994(1994-12-25) (aged 78)
Chandigarh, India
Political partyIndian National Congress
Spouse(s)Pardhan Kaur (1919-2002)[1]
Children1 son, 3 daughters[1]
Alma materShaheed Sikh Missionary College

Singh was killed in a car crash in Chandigarh, India on 25 December 1994 at the age of 78.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Hazarika, Sanjoy (1994-12-26). "Zail Singh, 78, First Sikh To Hold India's Presidency". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-08-23.
  2. Obituary: Zail Singh". The Independent. 1994-12-29. Retrieved 2018-22-06.
  3. "Zail Singh dies after car crash". Independent. 26 December 1994. Retrieved September 16, 2016.