Baldev Singh was an Indian Sikh political leader, he was an Indian independence movement leader and the first Defence Minister of India.
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Baldev Singh is addressed often with the title of Sardar, which in Punjabi and Hindi means leader or chief.
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Baldev Singh's father was Sir Indra Singh, a reputed industrialist, and his mother was Nihal Kaur Singh.
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Baldev Singh was educated initially at Kainaur and subsequently at the Khalsa College in Amritsar, and began working in his father's firm in the steel industry.
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Baldev Singh was married to Hardev Kaur of village Jallanpur in Punjab.
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Baldev Singh became closely linked with Master Tara Singh and the Shiromani Akali Dal.
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Baldev Singh was chosen again to represent the Sikh viewpoint to the Cabinet Mission Plan that had arrived to discuss proposals for Indian political independence.
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Baldev Singh became the Defence Member, a post erstwhile held by the British Commander in Chief of the Indian Army.
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On 15 August 1947, India became an independent nation and Baldev Singh became India's first Minister of Defence, under the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru.
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Baldev Singh was a member of the Constituent Assembly of India.
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Baldev Singh remained a close advisor to Patel on managing the Kashmir conflict and the issues of political integration of India.
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In 1952, Baldev Singh was elected to the Parliament of India as a member of the Indian National Congress, in the first democratic elections under the new Constitution of India.
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Baldev Singh remained the major political representative of the Sikh concerns and was respected by the Akali Dal.
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Baldev Singh was survived by his two sons, Sarjit Singh and Gurdip Singh.
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Sarjit Baldev Singh was the Co-operatives minister in the government of Parkash Baldev Singh Badal.
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Baldev Singh was married to Raj Mohinder Kaur and is survived by his son TejBal Singh and his daughter Jaspreet Kaur.
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