Vasundhara Raje

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The Honorable
Vasundhara Raje
Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje.JPG
Jai Hind
13th Chief Minister of Rajasthan
Assumed office
13 December 2013 (2013-12-13)
Governor Kalyan Singh
Ram Naik (addit charge)
Margaret Alva
Preceded by Ashok Gehlot
In office
9 December 2003 (2003-12-09) – 10 December 2008 (2008-12-10)
Governor S. K. Singh
Madanlal Khurana
T. V. Rajeswar (addit. charge)Pratibha Patil
Akhlaqur Rahman Kidwai (addit. charge)
Kailashpati Mishra (addit. charge)
Preceded by Ashok Gehlot
Succeeded by Ashok Gehlot
Personal details
Born Vasundhara Raje Scindia
8 March 1953 (age 65)
Bombay, Bombay State, India
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Hemant Singh (1972-74)[1]
Children Dushyant Singh
Residence Dholpur, Rajasthan, India
Alma mater University of Mumbai

Vasundhara Raje Scindia (born 8 March 1953), commonly referred to as Vasundhara Raje, is an Indian politician who is the current and 13th Chief Minister of Rajasthan since 2013; previously she served in the same post from 2003 to 2008. She was the first female Chief Minister of Rajasthan.

Early life

Vasundhara Raje was born on 8 March 1953 in Mumbai. She is daughter of Vijayaraje Scindia and Jivajirao Scindia, Maharaja of Gwalior, members of the prominent Scindia royal RAJPUTANA family.[2] She completed her school education from Presentation Convent, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, and later graduated with Economics and Political Science degrees (Hons.) from Sophia College, affiliated to Mumbai University, Mumbai.

Personal life

Vasundhara Raje married Hemant Singh, of the ex-royal Dholpur family, on 17 November 1972, but the couple separated a year later.[3] Her son Dushyant Singh was elected to the Lok Sabha from her former constituency, Jhalawar.[4]

Her siblings are Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Industries Minister of Madhya Pradesh, the late Madhavrao Scindia, the late Padmavati Raje 'Akkasaheb' Burman (1942–64), who wed Kirit Deb Burman, last ruling Maharaja of Tripura, and Usha Raje Rana (b. 1943) who married into the Rana family of Nepal.

The top leaders of BJP Government

Early Political Career

In 1984, Raje stepped into the Indian political system.*)( Initially, she was made a Member of the National Executive of the newly formed Bharatiya Janata party (BJP). She was also elected as a member of the 8th Rajasthan Assembly from Dholpur. The same year, she was appointed as the Vice President of the Yuva Morcha, Rajasthan BJP.[5]

Work as Minister of State in MEA

In March 1998, the nation elected the 12th Lok Sabha in which BJP clinched a humungous mandate of 182 seats. It was Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee who was sworn in as the Prime Minister of the nation for the tenure 1998-2004. During this time, Vasundhara Raje was not only elected as the MP from Jhalawar but also sworn in as the Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs, a department which was personally headed by the Prime Minister himself. Notably, Vasundhara Raje got an opportunity to work closely under the Prime Minister. Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been described as a large influence in Raje’s life. After being appointed as the Minister of State for External Affairs, Vasundhara pioneered the drive of strengthening Indian relations with a multitude of countries, thereby creating an amicable external environment of peace, security, collaborated personnel development among many other aspects. Vasundhara also received a battery of delegations from across the world. In 1998, India became highly equipped with nuclear capabilities, thereby becoming an influential nuclear power in the World. Nonetheless, this new status was regarded contrarily by the World community, while it was highly encouraging for the Indian community. The International community imposed sanctions on India. Raje became the face of India’s Foreign policy. She engaged with various sections of the international community and succeeded in restoring confidence of global communities towards the country. The International community withdrew sanctions in no time.[5]

Membership of Legislative Assembly

  • 1985-90 Member, 8th Rajasthan Legislative Assembly from Dholpur
  • 2003-08 Member, 12th Rajasthan Legislative Assembly from Jhalrapatan
  • 2008-13, 13th Rajasthan Legislative Assembly from Jhalrapatan
  • 2013 onwards Member 14th Rajasthan Legislative Assembly from Jhalrapatan

Membership of Parliament

Vasundhara Raje Scindia at the inauguration of Bhamashah Yojana in Udaipur, Rajasthan.

Positions held

  • 1985-87 : Vice-President, Yuva Morcha BJP, Rajasthan
  • 1987 : Vice-President, BJP, Rajasthan
  • 1990-91 : Member, Library Committee, Member, Consultative Committee, Ministries of Commerce and Tourism
  • 1991-96 : Member, Consultative Committees, Ministries of Power, Science and Technology, Environment and Tourism1996-97 Member, Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and Forests, Member, Consultative Committees, Ministries of Power, Science and Technology and Tourism
  • 1997-1998 : Joint Secretary, BJP Parliamentary Party
  • 1998-99 : Union Minister of State, External Affairs
  • 13 October 1999 – 31 Aug.. 2001: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Small Scale Industries and Agro & Rural Industries; Department of Personnel and Training; Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Space
  • 1 September 2001 – 1 November 2001: Union Minister of State, Small Scale Industries; Personnel, Training, Pensions, Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances; Department of Atomic Energy; and Department of Space (Independent Charge) 2 November 2001-
  • 29 January 2003 – 8 December 2003: Union Minister of State, Small Scale Industries; Personnel, Training, Pensions, Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances; Planning; Department of Atomic Energy; and Department of Space (Independent Charge) 14 November 2002 -
  • 14 December 2003 – Present: President, BJP, Rajasthan
  • 8 December 2003 – 8 December 2008: Chief Minister, Rajasthan
  • 2 January 2009 – 8 December 2013: Leader of Opposition, Rajasthan Legislative Assembly
  • 8 December 2013 – Present: Chief Minister, Rajasthan

See also


  1. ^ "ये हैं CM वसुंधरा के Ex husband, नानी ने गोद लेकर बनाया था राजा" [He is ex husband of CM Vasundhara, maternal grandmother adopted him for kingdom] (in Hindi). Dainik Bhaskar. 16 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Profile on Rajasthan Assembly website". Rajasthan Legislative Assembly Secretariat, Jaipur (Rajasthan) INDIA. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Vasundhara Raje: A comeback politician who is also a fashion symbol". Economic Times. 8 December 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Fifteenth Lok Sabha Members Bioprofile". Lok Sabha Secretariat. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Life and Career - Vasundhara Raje

External links

  • Profile of Vasundhara Raje
  • Jyotiraditya Schindia
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