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Biographical Sketch
Member of Parliament
14 th Lok Sabha


Constituency : Mayiladuturai ( Tamil Nadu )

Party : Indian National Congress (INC)
E-Mail :

Father’s Name Late Shri V. Sankar Aiyar
Mother’s Name Late Smt. Bhagyalakshmi Sankar Aiyar
Date of Birth 10 April 1941
Place of Birth Lahore (now in Pakistan)
Marital Status Married
Date of Marriage 14 January 1973
Spouse’s Name Smt. Suneet Mani Aiyar
No. of Daughters 3
Educational Qualifications B.A. (Hons.), M.A. (Economics)
Educated at the Doon School, Dehradun, St. Stephen`s College, University of Delhi (Delhi) and Trinity Hall, Cambridge University (U.K.)
Profession Writer
Permanent Address 12, Avaiyambalpuram,
Mayiladuturai, Nagapattinam Distt. - 609 001(Tamil Nadu)

Present Address 14, Akbar Road,
Lane W-23, New Delhi - 110 001
Tels. (011) 23015538, 23015548

Positions Held

1991 Elected to 10th Lok Sabha
1991-92 Member, Committee on Environment and Forests
1992 Elected to All India Congress Committee (AICC)
1992-96 Member, Committee on Human Resource Development

Member, Committee on External Affairs
1998 Secretary, All India Congress Committee
1999 Elected to 13th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
1999-2004 Member, Committee on Urban and Rural Development
2002-2004 Member, Committee on Public Undertakings
2004 Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha( 3rd term)
23 May 2004-28 Jan. 2006 Union Cabinet Minister, Petroleum & Natural Gas; Panchayati Raj
29 January 2006- onwards Union Cabinet Minister of Panchayati Raj and Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports and Minister of Development of North Eastern Region
Books Published
(i) "Remembering Rajiv", Rupa, New Delhi, 1992; (ii) "One Year in Parliament", Konark, New Delhi, 1993; (iii) "Pakistan Papers", UBSPD, New Delhi,1995; and (iv) "Rajiv Gandhi`s India", 4 vols. (General Editor), UBSPD, New Delhi, 1997
Literary Artistic & Scientific Accomplishments
Eminent columnist and contributor to various newspapers and periodicals, in India and abroad
Special Interests
Reading, writing and music

Sports and Clubs
Member, Delhi Gymkhana Club and India International Centre, New Delhi

Countries Visited
Widely travelled, went on several delegations abroad while in the Indian Foreign Service
Other Information
Founder President, Society for Secularism; Member, Indian Foreign Service, 1963-89; Consul-General, Karachi, 1978-82; Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, 1982-83; Special Assistant to former Congress (I) President, Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi, 1989-91; Trustee, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation; Member, Governing Council, Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Contemporary Studies; Member, Court, Visvabharati, 1991-96; Member, Court, Aligarh Muslim University, 1991-96; Member, Court, Pondicherry University, 1995-96; Member, Court, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 1999-2000



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