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Dr Karan Singh was the Heir-apparent of the Dogra Kingdom of Jammu and Kashmir and presently is a great philanthropist, philosopher,profound humanist, politician, poet and a great writer. Dr Manmohan Singh calls him a ‘man of great learning, of great wisdom, of great liberalism and great humanism’.He is a great visionary statesman, orator, musician, as well as a visionary of an Indian nation that should lead the world on the values of Gandhi, Buddha, Vivekananda and Sri Aurbindo Gosh. He has been an eye witness to eventful history of the state of Jammu and Kashmir right from the tumultuous days of the partition of the subcontinent as well as the state. More importantly, he has seen this history from the high politics of the center of the political establishment of the state and Centre.In the history of modern Kashmir, he played a very prominent role up to 1967 when he joined the national politics. Without highlighting his role, it will remain uncompleted. He was the man who helped India in cementing the bond of Jammu and Kashmir with Centre. His views on various aspects of the history and society of the region thus assume significance.
 Gandhi, Kishore, Dr. Karan Singh: The Portrait of a Statesman, New Delhi: Allied Publishers Private Limited, 2012, p. vii.
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