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Early Life and Education
Born on December 4, 1910 in the village of Rajamadam, Thanjavur District, Tamil Nadu
Master's degree in Economics from Madras University with Banking & Currency and Public Finance as special subjects
Qualified in Law from the Law College, Madras                 
Enrolled in the High Court, Madras in 1935 and in the Supreme Court in 1951
Active participation in the 'Quit India Movement of 1942’ resulting in his detention for two years under the British Government's Defence of India Rules.
In 1946 he was a member of the panel of lawyers sent by the Government of India to Malaya and Singapore to defend Indian nationals
From 1947-1950 served as Secretary of the Madras Provincial Bar Federation and a member of the Executive Committee of Madras Advocates' Association
Started Labour Law Journal in 1949, a pioneering endeavour
Public Life
Elected to the Provisional Parliament of India in 1950
Within two years chosen as a Member of the Indian Delegation to the Common Wealth Parliamentary Conference in New Zealand
Elected to the first Lok Sabha from Thanjavur Constituency 1952
Functioned as an effective Private Member (1952- 1957)
Re-elected to Parliament in 1957 but invited by Shri Kamaraj to join the State Government of Madras
Held the portfolios of Industries, Labour, Cooperation, Power, Transport and Commercial Taxes from 1957-1967
Contribution during his tenure to industrialization of Tamil Nadu is universally acknowledged
Leader of the Upper House, namely the Madras Legislative Council for 10 years from 1957-1967
Member of the Union Planning Commission from 1967-1971
From 1980-1987 appointed as Finance Minister, later Defence Minister and then elected as
Vice- President of India
Elected to the Office of the President of India in July 1987
Association with the United Nations (UN)
Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly in 1953, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960 and 1961
Leader of Indian Delegation to 42nd Session of the International Labour Conference at Geneva (1958)
Member, United Nations Administrative Tribunal from 1955-1979 and was its President from 1968- 1979
Elected Honorary President of the United Nations Tribunal for life
Publications and Patron
Travelogue on "Kamaraj's tour of Socialist Countries”, which won 'Soviet Land Prize' in 1967
Published "My Presidential Years"
Chairman of the Governing Body of the Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai and Gandhigram Trust
Patron of HelpAge India and Global Cancer Concern
Served as President of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
RV with wife Smt Janaki Venkataraman

In a public life spanning well over sixty years, Shri R Venkataraman performed all his duties with distinction, unblemished by private interest. He passed away on 27th January 2009 in New Delhi. 

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