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BALDEV SINGH (1902-1961), industrialist, politician and the first Defence Minister of India at Independence was born on 11 July 1902. of a Sikh family of ChokarJatts at the village of Dummna, in Ropar district of the Punjab. His father, Inder Singh, who started life as a government official in the Central Provinces (now Madhya Pradesh), later became a contractor and ultimately rose to be a steel magnate at Jamshedpur, in Bihar. Baldev Singh, after his education at Ambala and then at Khalsa College, Amritsar, joined his father`s firm as a director.

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