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From a Top Engineer at IBM to a Seasoned Politician in India, the Story of Chaudhary Ajit Singh

From a Top Engineer at IBM to a Seasoned Politician in India, the Story of Chaudhary Ajit Singh

Not many of us know but Chaudhary Ajit Singh was once holding a good position in the US headquarters of IBM, which was one of the world’s largest computer companies in the 1960s. And Ajit Singh carved out a niche as a successful computer engineer. According to reports in the 1980s, Ajit Singh was not very keen to return to India but as per the wishes of his father Charan Singh, he returned home and joined politics.

The former Union minister and farmer leader Ajit Singh did his BSc from Lucknow University. Later, he got selected to IIT Kharagpur. He was considered very sharp in studies. During that time, BTech graduates from the IITs in India used to go to America and following the wind Ajit Singh also went to the US in 1960.

His purpose of moving to the US was to pursue higher education in computer science. He did his post-graduation from the Illinois Institute in Chicago and then joined IBM in the 1960s. Ajit Singh lived in America for about 16–17 years.<iframe frameborder="0" height="1" id="google_ads_iframe_1039154/NW18_ENG_Desktop/NW18_ENG_Politics/NW18_ENG_Politics_AS/NW18_ENG_POL_AS_ROS_MID_728_0" name="google_ads_iframe_1039154/NW18_ENG_Desktop/NW18_ENG_Politics/NW18_ENG_Politics_AS/NW18_ENG_POL_AS_ROS_MID_728_0" scrolling="no" title="3rd party ad content" width="1"></iframe>

In the late 80s, when former Prime Minister of India Chaudhary Charan Singh started looking for his political heir in the party, he wished that son Ajit would come back to India and help him in politics. Charan Singh’s followers also started urging Ajit to return. It is believed that Ajit was not very keen on returning but he had to bow down in front of his father’s wish.


He came to India in the late 80s and took a plunge into politics. In 1986, when his father Charan Singh became ill, he reached Parliament via Rajya Sabha. During this time, there was a split in the Lok Dal. He formed his own faction of Lok Dal, named Lok Dal (A) in 1987 and became its president. Later, his party was merged into the Janata Party and became its president in 1988. But it was during this time that Ajit started changing parties and joined the Janata Dal in 1989 and worked as general secretary of the party.

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