March 2014 \ Cover Story \ COVER STORY—Dr Karan Singh
Dr Karan Singh President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations INDIA’S CULTURAL AMBASSADOR

“Philosophers must become kings … or those now called kings must genuinely and adequately philosophize…” —Plato in The Republic

  • At the launch of the 130th Commonwealth Essay Competition

 Dr Karan Singh is the king that turned philosopher.

He was born into royalty in 1931 and crowned over the years with myriad high titles that mortal men would find it impossible to acquire over many lifetimes. He is an engaging communicator and world figure on Hinduism in its deepest and most universal form, a learned philosopher with knowledge and understanding of other great faiths. Born a Yuvraj (Prince), he may have held a regal title and numerous top administrative and academic positions in India and abroad, but it is through his brilliant acuity, philosophical mind, and breathtaking oratory skills that he has come to hold sway over audiences around the world.

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