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Balram Jakhar

Balram Jakhar
8th Speaker of the Lok Sabha
In office
22 January 1980 – 27 November 1989
Preceded by K. S. Hegde
Succeeded by Rabi Ray
23rd Governor of Madhya Pradesh
In office
30 June 2004 – 29 June 2009
Preceded by Lt. Gen. K. M. Seth (Acting)
Succeeded by Rameshwar Thakur
Personal details
Born (1923-08-23)23 August 1923
Panjkosi, Abohar, Punjab

Dr. Balram Jakhar (born 23 August 1923) is a well-known Indian politician and parliamentarian and former Governor of Madhya Pradesh.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Politician 2
  • Social activities 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life and education

He was born in Panchkosi village of Fazilka district in Punjab now in Abohar on 23 August 1923. His father is Chaudhari Rajaram Jakhar and his mother Patodevi Jakhar. His elder son, Sajjan Kumar Jakhar, is a former Punjab minister and his youngest, Sunil Jakhar, became Leader of the Opposition in Punjab in March 2012. He originally belongs to Rajasthan.

Jakhar earned a degree in Sanskrit from Forman Christian College, Lahore, in 1945. He has knowledge of English, Punjabi, Urdu, Sanskrit and Hindi languages.


Jakhar was elected to the Punjab Legislative Assembly in 1972 and was re-elected in 1977 becoming the Leader of the Opposition. He was elected to the seventh Lok Sabha from Ferozepur in 1980 and re-elected to the eighth Lok Sabha from Sikar in 1984. He served as Speaker of Lok Sabha from 1980 to 1989. As Speaker of Lok Sabha he was an instrument for automation and computerization of Parliamentary works. He promoted Parliament library, reference, research, documentation and information services for the knowledge and use of members of Parliament. The establishment of Parliament Museum was his contribution. He was first Asian to be elected as Chairman of Commonwealth Parliamentarian Executive Forum. He became the Central Agriculture minister in 1991 in P. V. Narasimha Rao Ministry. He was Governor of Madhya Pradesh state from 30 June 2004 to 30 May 2009.[1]

Speaker Jakhar with Pandit Ram Kishore Shukla and Queen Elizabeth at a Commonwealth Conference.

Social activities

Jakhar is the life president of Bharat Krishak Samaj and president of Jallianwala Bagh Memorial Trust Management Committee. He has written a book, People, Parliament and Administration. He tried to introduce the scientific techniques in agriculture to increase the production. The president of India awarded him ‘Udyan Pandit’ in 1975 for his contribution to Horticulture. Haryana Agricultural University Hisar and Gurukul Kangri Visvavidyalaya Haridwar have awarded him Doctor of Science and ‘'Vidya Martand'’ honorary degrees for his contribution to the Agriculture and Horticulture.

Sports, Farming and Reading are his hobbies.


  1. ^ "Official Webpage on Loksabha Website". National Informatics Centre, New Delhi. 

External links

Preceded by
Kailashpati Mishra
Governor of Gujarat (Acting)
July 2004 – July 2004
Succeeded by
Nawal Kishore Sharma
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