• 1918
    May 10, 1918
    Durga Prasad Dhar is born in Srinagar, Kashmir

    Durga Prasad Dhar is born to Shri Srikant Dhar and Dhanawati Dhar in Safa Kadal, Srinagar.

  • January 1, 1935
    Attends the Tyndale Biscoe School
  • 1937
    January 1, 1937
    Completes his BA from Punjab University
  • July 1, 1940
    Graduates with an LLB from the University of Lucknow

    At the University of Lucknow, Dhar wins the student union elections, beating candidates from the Congress and the Muslim League to become President of the Student Union. It's the beginning of a long and successful political career. It's also here that he first meets Jawaharlal Nehru, who is most impressed by this young Kashmiri. The two strike up a correspondence that shapes Dhar's future politics.

    He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of The Lucknow University Union Journal. He graduates with an LLB in 1940.

  • 1937
    August 1, 1937
    Marries Vijay Lakshmi Mattoo

    DP Dhar marries Vijay Lakshmi Mattoo, known affectionately later as Rani Bhabhi, in Srinagar.

  • August 1, 1940
    Joins the National Conference

    In Photo: Sheikh Abdullah (seated left), Jawaharlal Nehru (seated centre), Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan (seated right), DP Dhar (standing third from right)

  • 1941
    May 18, 1941
    His son, Vijay Dhar is born in Srinagar
  • May 15, 1946
    Arrest during the Quit Kashmir movement

    DP Dhar (second from left) in jail during the Quit Kashmir movement in 1946.

  • 1947
    October 30, 1947
    Appointed Home Secretary in the Emergency Administration

    After Maharaja Hari Singh signs the Instrument of Accession, Dhar takes charge as Home Secretary at the relatively young age of 30 in Sheikh Abdullah's Emergency Administration.

    Dhar organises and leads the Jammu and Kashmir Militia, defending the Valley against Pakistani raiders.

  • February 5, 1948
    Delegate to the United Nations Security Council

    Dhar accompanies Sheikh Abdullah as part of the first delegation to the United Nations Security Council that raises the invasion of Kashmir by Pakistani raiders with UNSC Resolution 38.

  • 1950
    January 1, 1950
    Big Landed Estates Abolition Act

    Dhar supports the radical land reforms and is one of the main proponents of this historic act.

  • October 1, 1951
    Elected to the J&K Constituent Assembly from Kulgam district
  • 1952
    January 1, 1952
    Delegate to the UN General Assembly Paris Session

    L to R: Brig. Sam Manekshaw, General Chowdhary, DP Dhar at the Paris United Nations meeting in 1952.

  • November 7, 1951
    Joins the Basic Principles Committee of the J&K Consitutent Assembly
  • 1952
    June 10, 1952
    Joins the Drafting Committee for the J&K Constitution
  • August 9, 1953
    Becomes Home Minister in Bakshi Ghulam Mohammad's government
  • 1957
    January 1, 1957
    Sets up the Democratic National Conference

    DP Dhar, GM Sadiq and others resign from Bakshi Ghulam Mohammad's government and found the Democratic National Conference.

  • March 25, 1957
    Elected to J&K Legislative Assembly
  • 1962
    January 1, 1962
    Elected to the Legislative Council

    Dhar remains a member of the J&K Legislative Council till 1968.

  • November 11, 1972
    Elected to the Rajya Sabha

    Dhar is elected to the Rajya Sabha, representing Jammu & Kashmir.

  • 1969
    February 1, 1969
    Ambassador to the Soviet Union

    He is appointed ambassador to the Soviet Union and Mongolia.

  • August 1, 1971
    Chairman of the Policy Planning Committee in the Ministry of External Affairs
  • 1971
    August 4, 1971
    Begins negotiations for an Indo-Soviet Treaty

    Dhar flies to Moscow acting as a special envoy for Mrs. Gandhi. Diplomatic observers believe that with tensions heightening, India asked Moscow for a commitment in the event of a Pakistani attack. A few days later, Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko arrives in India as a gesture of solidarity.

  • August 9, 1971
    The Indo–Soviet Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Cooperation is signed
  • 1972
    April 26, 1972
    Peace negotiations with Pakistan in Murree

    Dhar is appointed India's chief negotiator for peace talks ahead of the Simla agreement. He leads a 17-member delegation to Murree, Pakistan and meets his counterpart Aziz Ahmed.

  • April 28, 1972
    Discussions with Bhutto

    Prime Minister Bhutto invites Dhar to meet him in Rawalpindi. They agree to a preliminary agenda for the scheduled talks between Bhutto and Indira Gandhi. This lays the groundwork for the Simla Agreement.

  • 1972
    June 28, 1972
    The Simla Agreement

    Dhar leads the Indian delegation at Simla.

    However, on 30 June he suffers a mild heart attack and is rushed to hospital. He misses the last two days of the negotiations and the eventual signing of the agreement.

  • July 23, 1972
    Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission and Minister of Planning

    Dhar is appointed Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission and the Minister of Planning in charge of India’s Fifth Five-Year Plan.

  • 1972
    August 24, 1972
    Peace talks with Pakistan

    As a new dispute over Kashmir arises, a special meeting between India and Pakistan is arranged in New Delhi.

    "Durga Prasad Dhar, India's Planning Minister and Mrs. Gandhi's foreign policy adviser, who paved the way for the Simla meeting, is expected to hold talks with Mr. Ahmed, Secretary General of the Pakistan Foreign Ministry. An earlier meeting between the two men led to the Simla talks. Official sources here said the Friday meeting is aimed at ironing out the wrinkles that have arisen in carrying out the Simla agreement." (The New York Times, 24 August 1972)

  • December 6, 1971
    The Liberation of Bangladesh

    DP Dhar is one of the chief architects of India's strategy towards Bangladesh.

    He is instrumental in activating Article 9 of the Indo-Soviet Treaty he negotiated that calls upon the USSR to come to India's aid in the Bay of Bengal in December 1971.

  • 1974
    May 18, 1974
    Pokhran 1 and Operation Smiling Buddha

    DP Dhar is one of the few in the know about India's first nuclear test. When the test is succesful, Dhar informs Mrs Gandhi with the following coded message: "The Buddha is smiling."

  • December 31, 1974
    Steps down as Minister of Planning
  • 1975
    February 7, 1975
    Resigns from the Rajya Sabha
  • February 1, 1975
    Re-appointed as Ambassador to the Soviet Union
  • 1975
    June 12, 1975
    Aged 57, he passes away in New Delhi

    At only 57, Dhar suffers another heart attack and tragically passes away in New Delhi.