Ramsewak Shankar

Ramsewak Shankar (born 6 November 1937) is a Surinamese politician who was the 4th President of Suriname, serving from 1988 to 1990.[2] His government was overthrown by Dési Bouterse leading a bloodless military coup. Shankar had previously served as Agriculture & Fisheries Minister from 1969 to 1971.

Ramsewak Shankar
रामसेवक शंकर
4th President of Suriname
In office
25 January 1988  24 December 1990
Vice PresidentHenck Arron
Preceded byL.F. Ramdat Misier
Succeeded byJohan Kraag
Personal details
Born (1937-11-06) 6 November 1937 (age 84)
Nieuw Amsterdam, Suriname[1]
Political partyVHP

Shankar is a member of the large ethnic South Asian community in Suriname. He had studied at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.[3] After his return to Suriname, he became active in the Progressive Reform Party. He supported independence in 1975.


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