Abid Hussain

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Abid Hussain

Born: 26 December 1926

Died: 21 June 2012

  • He was an Indian economist, civil servant, and diplomat.
  • He was India’s ambassador to the United States of America from 1990 to 1992 and a member of the Planning Commission from 1985 to 1990.
  • He served as India’s ambassador to the United States of America from 1990 to 1992.
  • He also served as secretary in the Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Heavy Industry as a member of the Indian Administrative Service.
  • He was a Member of India’s Planning Commission from 1985 to 1990.
  • As India’s ambassador to the US and one of several prominent Muslim-Indian leaders, He was a staunch defender of Israel and the Jewish people, who actively sought to convince Prime Minister PV Narsimha Rao that Israel would give the country a superior edge over Pakistan and that an alliance with the Jewish state was indispensable to India’s long-term interests.
  • He was honored in 1988 with the Padma Bhushan (awarded to recognize distinguished service of a high order to the nation) and has been at the forefront of India’s economic and trade reforms since the 1980s.
  • He chaired six important committees set up by the Government of India covering Trade Policy Reforms; Project Exports; CSIR Review Committee for Development of Science and Technology; Textile Policy of the Government of India; Development of Capital Market; and Small Scale Industry.
  • Of these, the Abid Hussain Committee Report on Trade Policy Reform and the Abid Hussain Committee Report on Small Scale Industries have been regarded as milestones in India’s economic reforms.

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