Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia
Political Party: Indian National Congress
State: Madhya Pradesh
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BioJyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia (born 1 January 1971) is an Indian politician. He is related to the Scindia family that once ruled in Gwalior and is a Member of Parliament, representing the Guna constituency in the state of Madhya Pradesh. He is a member of the Indian National Congress political party and was a 'Minister of State with independent charge' (i.e. a junior Minister in the Central Government of India who has independent charge of his ministry) of Power in the cabinet of prime minister Manmohan Singh from October 2012 until May 2014.
Early lifeScindia was born on 1 January 1971 in Bombay. His parents were Madhavrao Scindia and Madhavi Raje Scindia. He studied at Campion School in the city and at The Doon School, Dehradun. He studied Economics at Harvard University and graduated in 1993. In 2001, he received an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Scindia is a grandson of Jivajirao Scindia, the last maharaja of the princely state of Gwalior, who then joined the Dominion of India in 1947, but, like other princes, was allowed to hold on to the titles and privileges of princely India, including an annual remuneration, called the privy purse. Upon his death in 1961, his son, Madhavrao Scindia (Jyotiraditya's father) became the titular Maharajah of Gwalior. However, he was to be the last, as, in the 26th amendment to the Constitution of India promulgated in 1971, the Government of India abolished all official symbols of princely India, including titles, privileges, and privy purses. He is married to Priyadarshini Raje Scindia of the Gaekwad family of Baroda.
Political careerScindia was elected to the Lok Sabha (Lower House of the Indian Parliament) in February 2002 from Guna District - formerly represented by his father. He was re-elected in May 2004, and was introduced to the Union Council of Ministers in 2007 as Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology. He was then re-elected in 2009 for a third consecutive term and became Minister of State for Commerce and Industry. Later, he became Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power. Scindia was appointed Minister of State for Power in November 2012 in a cabinet reshuffle which drafted a number of younger politicians into the Indian cabinet, including two other scions of princely families, R. P. N. Singh and Jitendra Singh. Scindia was among the richest ministers in the UPA government with assets nearly Rs. 25 crore ($5 million). It included investments in Indian and foreign securities worth over ₹16 crore (US$2 million) and jewellery worth over ₹5.7 crore (US$793,805). He has also filed a legal claim to be the sole inheritor of the property belonging to his late father worth ₹20,000 crore (US$3 billion). However, this has been challenged in court by his aunts.
Cricket administratorHe is chairman of the regional Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) in India. After the spot fixing scandal in Indian Premier League exploded in the Indian media and subsequently Sanjay Jagdale, a member of the MPCA resigned from his job as secretary from the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Scindia spoke out against corruption in Indian cricket.
Education Qualifications:M.A., M.B.A. Educated at Doon School, Dehradun, Harvard University (U.S.A.) and Stanford University (Graduate School of Business), California (USA)
Countries Visited:Widely travelled
2002 Elected to 13th Lok Sabha (elected in a bye-election)
2002-2004 Member, Standing Committee on Finance
Member, Standing Committee on External Affairs
2004 Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
Member, Committee on Estimates
Member, Committee on Petitions
Member, Standing Committee on Defence
Member, Standing Committee on Finance
6 April 2008 Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
2009 Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha (3rd term)
2009 – 28 Oct. 2012 Union Minister of State, Commerce and Industry
28 Oct. 2012 Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Power
May, 2014 Re-elected to 16th Lok Sabha (4th term)
1 Sep. 2014 onwards Member, Committee on Privileges
Member, Standing Committee on Finance
Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Home Affairs