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Detailed Profile: Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar

NameShri Mani Shankar Aiyar
Father's NameLate Shri V. Sankar Aiyar
Mother's NameLate Shrimati S. Bhagyalakshmi
Date of Birth10/04/1941
Birth PlaceLahore (now in Pakistan)
Maritial Status Married On 14 January 1973
Spouse NameShrimati Suneet Mani Aiyar
No. of ChildrenThree Daughters
State NameNominated
Party NameIndian National Congress
Permanent Address12,Avaiyambalpuram, Mayiladuturai 709001
Telephone : {04364}221234
Present Address12, Safdarjung Lane (Opposite the Exit Gate of Delhi Gymkhana Club), New Delhi- 110011
Telephone : 23795402, Mobile: 9868217868
Email id
Educational QualificationsSenior Cambridge, B.A. (Hons.) in Economics, (standing first in the University), M.A. (Economics) Educated at Doon School, Dehradun, St. Stephens' College, University of Delhi, Trinity Hall, Cambridge University, U.K. D.Sc. (Honoris Causa) by Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, Honorary Fellow, Trinity Hall, Cambridge University, U.K., 2010
ProfessionDiplomat, Journalist/Writer, Political and Social Worker
Positions Held 1991-1996 Member, Tenth Lok Sabha 1999-2004 Member, Thirteenth Lok Sabha 2004-2009 Member, Fourteenth Lok Sabha 23 May 2004-2009 Union Minister of Panchayati Raj 23 May 2004-28 Jan. 2006 Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas 29 Jan. 2006-2008 Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports 6 April 2008-2009 Union Minister of the Development of North-Eastern Region March 2010 Nominated to Rajya Sabha April 2010 onwards Member, Committee on Rural Development Nov. 2010 onwards Member, National Social Security Board for Unorganised Workers Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of External Affairs Sept. 2011 onwards Member, Central Advisory Committee for pilot scheme called 'Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana Dec. 2011 onwards Member, Parliamentary Forum on Disaster Management May 2012 onwards Member, Central Silk Board
Freedom FighterNo
Books Published(i) Remembering Rajiv, Rupa, 1992, (ii) In Rajiv's Footsteps: One Year in Parliament, Konark, 1993, (iii) Mani Shankar Aiyar's Pakistan Papers, UBSPD, 1994, (iv) Knickerwallahs, Silly-Billies and Other Curious Creatures, UBSPD, 1995, (v) Rajiv Gandhi's India (in 4 volumes) (ed.), UBSPD, 1997, (vi) Confessions of a Secular Fundamentalist, Penguin India, 2004 and (vii) A Time of Transition : Rajiv Gandhi to the 21st Century, Penguin India, 2009
Social and Cultural Activities, Literary, Artistic and Scientific Accomplishments and other Special Interests
Sports, Clubs, Favourite Pastimes and RecreationMember, (i) Delhi Gymkhana Club, (ii) India International Centre, and (iii) India Habitat Centre; reading, writing and music
Countries VisitedWidely travelled
Other InformationMember, 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; has been awarded 'Outstanding Parliamentarian Award, for 2006 by President Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil

Source: Rajya Sabha