Earlier DaysBorn to family of freedom fighters Educated in DAV college, Hailycollege of Commerce and Forman Christian college, Lahore Was active in student politics
Political CareerPolitical career began Quit Indiamovement in 1942, when he was jailed as a 23 year old His perseverance, resilience andnever say die attitude , he became VP of the New Delhi Municipal committee in 1958
Political CareerIndira Gandhi – he said he owed every thing- gave him ticket to Rajya Sabha in 1964 Was a part of Coterie ‘that helped Indira Gandhi become prime minister in 1966 With Indira he became the minister for communication, parliamentary affairs and housing
Indian Emergency Period When emergency was imposed on June 25, 1975 he was the minister for Information and broadcastingSince he refused to kowtow to thepowers that-be and arbitrary press censorship, he was sent as ambassador to Moscow.
Turning Point In 1980 he left congress and joined the newly formed Janata DalWhen the national front came to power he was made the external affairs minister After the fall of VP Singh govt. In late1990 UF government made the surprise choice to replace Gowda as PM Stint as PM April 1997 – May 1998.
LegacyGujral resisted signing the comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, which helped the next government conducting the Pokhran nuclear tests without a hitch
Legacy Gujral doctrine to foreign policy. It was a five point road map which sought to build trust between India and neighbours, of solution to bilateral issues through bilateral talks and to remove immediate quid pro quos in diplomatic relationship between India and her neighbours.
Controversy When Gujral govt recommendedpresidents rule in UP, then president KR Narayanan refused to sign and