Ramaswamy Venkatara-man was an Indian lawyer, Indian independence activist and politician who served as a Union Minister and as the eighth President of India. Venkataraman was born in Rajamadam village in Tanjore district, Madras Presidency. He studied law and practised in the Madras High Court and the Supreme Court of India. In his young age, he was an activist of the Indian independence movement and participated in the Quit India Movement. He was appointed as the member of the Constituent Assembly and the provisional cabinet. In 1984, he was elected as the seventh Vice President of India and in 1987; he became the 8th President of India and served from 1987 to 1992. He also served as a State minister under K. Kamaraj and M. Bhaktavatsalam.
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