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Laxmi Mall Singhvi

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Laxmi Mall Singhvi

Born: 9 November 1931

Died: 6 October 2007

  • He was an Indian jurist, parliamentarian, scholar, writer, and diplomat.
  • He was, after V. K. Krishna Menon, the second-longest-serving High Commissioner for India in the United Kingdom (1991–97).
  • He was conferred Padma Bhushan in 1998.
  • In 1991, Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao appointed him High Commissioner to the Court of St. James.
  • It is a measure of his reputation and professionalism that he remained in that office till 1997, undisturbed during the brief tenures of the next two Prime Ministers.
  • This made him, after VK Krishna Menon, the second longest-serving High Commissioner for India in the United Kingdom (1991–97), a record the more remarkable for having overlapped with the terms of four Indian Prime Ministers.
  • In 1993, during his term as High Commissioner, he spearheaded the Indian delegation to the United Nations Conference on Human Rights in Vienna.
  • The same year, he was invited by the University of Cambridge to deliver the Rede Lecture, the topic being his own book, ‘A Tale of Three Cities.’
  • He was also a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague.
  • In 1993, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan by Govt. of India, and an honorary degree of LLD by the University of Buckingham.
  • The Supreme Court of India held the ‘First Dr. L.M. Singhvi memorial lecture on ‘Law, Technology, and Society: Its dynamics’ on 17 January 2009, delivered by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India.

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