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R.Venkataraman was born on December 4, 1910 in Pattukottai, near Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. He was the 8th President of the Republic of India, and served from 1987 to 1992. Before his election as President, Venkataraman served nearly 4 years as the 7th Vice-President. A member of the Indian National Congress party, he has held various ministerial positions in the course of his political career.
He was basically a law graduate. He acquired great interest in the law that was related to labor. Law and trade union activity led to Shri Venkataraman's increasing association with politics. Venkataraman was appointed a Member of the Union Planning Commission in 1967 and was handed over the subjects of Industry, Labor, power, Transport, Communications, and Railways. He held that office until 1971. In 1977, Venkataraman was elected to the Lok Sabha from Madras South Constituency.

In 1980, Venkataraman was re-elected to the Lok Sabha and was appointed Union Minister of Finance in the Government headed by Smt. Indira Gandhi. He was later appointed Union Minister of Defense, before serving as Vice-President of India and then President.
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