Singapore’s longest serving president Sellapan Ramanathan died
S R Nathan was of Indian-origin and the sixth and longest-serving President of Singapore. For his contribution towards strengthening bilateral relations with India, he was conferred with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman in 2012 by the Indian Government.
Singapore’s former president Sellapan Ramanathan died on 22 August 2016. He was 92.
S R Nathan was of Indian-origin and the sixth and longest-serving President of Singapore. He was closely associated with the country’s founding leader Lee Kuan Yew.
About Sellapan Ramanathan
• He was born in 1924 in the family of Indian Tamil descent in Straits Settlements of Singapore.
• He had served as President of Singapore for two terms from 1999 to 2011.
• Prior to becoming President, he held key positions in the Singapore Civil Service and also in security, intelligence and foreign affairs.
• In 1988, he was appointed as Singapore’s High Commissioner to Malaysia and later Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States from 1990 to 1996.
• After stepping down he worked as Distinguished Senior Fellow at the prestigious Institute of Southeast Asian Studies and at Singapore Management University’s School of Social Sciences.
• For his contribution towards strengthening bilateral relations with India, he was conferred with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman in 2012 by the Indian Government.
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