Janata Dal-United’s Harivansh Narayan Singh was elected the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson on Thursday. The National Democratic Alliance candidate got 125 votes as against 105 of Opposition candidate B.K. Hariprasad. However, there are many of us who might not have stumbled upon the name until the news came up.
Here’s what you’d like to know about the newly elected Deputy Chairperson of Rajya Sabha.
Singh hails from Sitab Diara village in Saran district in Bihar and later went on to graduate from Banaras Hindu University and then pursue post-graduation in Economics and Diploma in Journalism.
Prior to venturing into politics, the 62-year-old was the editor-in-chief of a newspaper based in Jharkhand’s Ranchi called the “Prabhat Khabar”. The newspaper, apparently championed the cause of special category status for Bihar, a key demand of Nitish Kumar for years. It is said that the veteran journalist almost single-handedly revived the newspaper, which was all but dead when he took over as Editor in 1989.
Singh started his career as a trainee journalist with The Times of India in 1977. He then moved on to Dharamyug in Mumbai and subsequently joined Anand Bazar Partika as Assistant Editor for its Hindi weekly publication Ravivar. Singh has also worked as an officer with Bank of India and as Assistant Information consultant in the Prime Minister’s Office when socialist veteran Chandra Shekhar was India’s PM.
He quit Prabhat Khabar after becoming a Rajya Sabha member in 2014. Harivansh Narayan Singh has edited or written 19 books. He has also been a member of the World Editors’ Forum.