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Manmohan Singh turns 85: Narendra Modi greets former PM, wishes him a long life

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today greeted former Prime minister Manmohan Singh on his birthday and wished him a long and healthy life.

Wishes also poured in from the Congress party.

Singh, the architect of economic reforms that led to years of rapid growth, was born in 1932 in Gah village of Jhelum district in what is now Pakistan’s Punjab province.

Singh, who turned 85 on Tuesday, was the Prime Minister between 2004 and 2014.

His political career began in 1991 when he was appointed as the country’s Finance Minister under late Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao.

It was the same year during which he helped usher in “liberalisation and privatisation” to the Indian economy.

The first Sikh prime minister of the country was sworn in by then president APJ Abdul Kalam.

He demitted the prime minister’s office after 10 years, the longest after the Jawaharlal Nehru’s 17 years in office, and left a mixed legacy of achievements and setbacks.

He is a recipient of honorary degrees from many universities including the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford. His initial education took place in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

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