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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