Last Updated on August 25, 2020
Rajnath Singh is an Indian politician serving as the Defence Minister of India. He is the former President of Bharatiya Janata Party. He has previously served as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and as a Cabinet Minister in the Vajpayee Government. He was the Home Minister in the First Modi Ministry. He has also served as the President of the BJP twice i.e 2005 to 2009 and 2013 to 2014. He is a veteran leader of the BJP who started his career as a RSS Swayamsevak.. He is an advocate of the party’s Hindutva ideology.
|Born||10 July 1951 (age 69)|
Bhabhaura, Chandauli district, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Bharatiya Jana Sangh (Before 1977)|
|Children||3, including Pankaj Singh|
|Education||K. B. Post Graduate College|
|Alma mater||Gorakhpur University (M.Sc. in Physics)|
He has been Member of parliament, Lok Sabha for 2 times from Lucknow (Lok Sabha constituency) and also from Mirzapur (Lok Sabha constituency). He was also active in State Politics and remained MLA from Haidergarh (assembly constituency) for 2 times being Chief minister.
He was first assigned at a big position in the year 1991, when he was appointed as Minister of Education in Kalyan Singh ministry and he came in the controversies by introducing the Anti-Copying Act, 1992 which made copying an Non-bailable Offence. He also introduced the moderanising the Vedic Mathematics and putting it in the Syllabus of Uttar Pradesh government.
His politics at the Central level started when he was assigned at the position of Minister of Transportation at Union government in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ministry in the year 1996 for a small time period. Then he was once more send to Uttar Pradesh in the year 2000. at that time he was appointed as the Chief minister of Uttar Pradesh from the year 2000-2002 and at that time he became 3rd Chief minister of Uttar Pradesh from Bharatiya Janata Party after Kalyan Singh and Ram Prakash Gupta. At that time he was Member of Legislative Assembly from Haidergarh assembly in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh. The biggest achievement by him as Chief minister was to innaugrating DND Flyway from Noida to New Delhi. He tried to rationalise the reservation structure in government jobs by introducing the most Backward Classes among the OBC and SC, so that the benefit of reservation can reach the lowest status of Society.
Then from year 2003-2004, he served as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in the Third Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ministry. He introduced many Schemes for the welfare of Farmer and Agriculturist. He also decreased the rates of Interests for loans to Farmer. The biggest problem at that time was to stable the Indian economy and Agriculture sector of the Nation. Later he resigned after Atal Bihari Vajpayee lost the 2004 Lok Sabha election to Indian National Congress.
He was the Party President of BJP at the time when Narendra Modi was named as the Prime Minister candidate from National Democratic Alliance for 2014 Lok Sabha election and after the historic win of the party by attaining 282 Seats in Lok Sabha, he was appointed as the Home Minister and remained as Home Minister from 2014-2019. At that time he was Member of parliament from Ghaziabad (Lok Sabha constituency).
Under him as Home Minister of India an app web portal Bharat Ke Veer was launched by Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar to help the families of Martyr’s by financial means and Singh himself put a ban over the Homosexuality stating that such an unnatural act cannot be supported, from the starting even before the BJP Government. When this was sparkled again in the year 2015 then Finance minister of india, Arun Jaitley also oppose it with Singh over which Azam Khan called the Swayamsevaks of RSS as Homosexuals. He also played an important role at the time of Doklam Controversy between soldiers of Indian Army and Chinese armed forces and helped Bhutan.
Then in the year 2019, when BJP made Full-majority Government in 2019 general election and was assigned as Minister of Defence (India) on 31 May 2019. Among the challenges that the Defence Minister is expected to address are the ever-increasing requirements of India’s forces, including increased budgetary requirements, especially in the light of an unstable neighbourhood. He played a very essential role in Galwan Valley skirmish and under him only Rafale Controversial Deal. Under him as Defence minister India received Initial fleet of Rafale Jet planes from France. Now he is aiming to make India an Arm-Exporter Nation under the mission of Atmanirbhar Bharat
Singh was born in Bhabhaura village of Chandauli district, Uttar Pradesh in a poor farming family of Hindu Rajputs. His father was Ram Badan Singh and his mother was Gujarati Devi. He was born into a family of farmers. He received his primary Education from a local School of his village and went on to secure a master’s degree in physics, acquiring first division results from the Gorakhpur University. From childhood he was inspired by the ideology of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. He worked as a lecturer of Physics at K.B. Post-Graduate College Mirzapur, UP. He has also one brother, Jaipal Singh.
Early career in RSS
He had been associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh since 1964, at the age of 13 and remained connected with the organisation. He also became Shakha Karavah (General Secretary) of Mirzapur in the year 1972.After 2 years in the year 1974, he joined the politics. Between 1969 and 1971 he was the organizational secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (the student wing of the RSS) in Gorakhpur. He became the general secretary of the RSS’s Mirzapur branch in 1972.
Entry into politics
In 1974, he was appointed secretary for the Mirzapur unit of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, predecessor of Bharatiya Janata Party.
In 1975, aged 24, Singh was appointed District President of the Jana Sangh. In 1977, he was elected Member of Legislative Assembly from the Mirzapur. At that time he was influence by the JP Movement of Jayaprakash Narayan and joined the Janata Party and was elected as Member of Legislative Assembly from Mirzapur. He was also arrestedin the year 1975 during the state of National Emergency for associating with JP Movement and was detained for a time period of 2 years and when he was released, he was re-elected as Member Of Legislative Assembly. Then after this he developed an image as a leader of Youths.
At that time he gained the popularity in State (politics) and the joined BJP in the year 1980 and was one of the initial members of the Party. He became the State President of the BJP youth wing in 1984, the National general secretary in 1986 and the National President in 1988. He was also elected into the Uttar Pradesh legislative council.
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh (2000-02)
In 2000, he became Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and was twice elected as MLA from Haidergarh in 2001 and 2002. He was preceded by Ram Prakash Gupta as the Chief Minister and suceeded the President rule, later after Mayawati became the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. At that time he was appointed as the Chief minister because from very long time he had made an image among people due to his ground level effect from long back the times of 1970’s in the JP Movement and was also the Education Minister in Kalyan Singh ministry and was also active in the State Politics.. At that time there also many leaders in BJP from Uttar Pradesh, but very few had a strong support at the ground level. He was at that time very much close to Atal Bihari Vajpayee and had a very clean image among the people of the State. He also potrayed as a leader of Rajputs(Thakur) who are a powerful community in the state and were also an ardent votebank of the party like Bhairon Singh Shekhawat. Even unlike,L. K. Advani and Kalyan Singh, he was not a leader of Firebrand Hindutva Ideology and was avery soft-speaken person. He at that time was a hope among the people of Working class who could reduce Corruption and Strenghten Law and Order.
Union Home Minister (2014-19)
He was appointed the Union Minister of Home Affairs in the Narendra Modi government and was sworn in on 26 May 2014.
Controversy over JNU incident
He triggered controversy amid the protests over the police action at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), on 14 February 2016, claiming that the “JNU incident” was supported by Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed.
In May 2016, he claimed that infiltration from Pakistan declined by 52% in a period of two years.
Bharat Ke Veer App
On 9 April 2017, he launched Bharat Ke Veer Web portal and Application with Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar. This was an initiative taken by him for the welfare of Martyrs’ family.
An official anthem was launched on 20 January 2018 for the cause ‘Bharat Ke Veer’ by him along with film star Akshay Kumar, and other ministers Kiren Rijiju, Hansraj Ahir.
Doklam is a disputed Territory for Bhutan and China, where China claimed Doklam as its Territory and due to which their started Tension between Indian Army and Liberation Army of China. Over the matter Singh assured Public to solve the matter and he had a talk with Officials of Chinese Communist Party over the Relations between the both Nation and later, the Tension solved at large extent.
Commissioning of Bastariya Battalion
On 21 May 2018, he commissioned Bastariya Battalion. As Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh attended the passing out parade of 241 Bastariya Battalion of CRPF in Ambikapur, Chhattisgarh on 21 May 2018.
Union Defence Minister (2019- present)
Singh became the Defence minister of India on 31 May 2019.Singh was given Ministry of Defence (India) after Amit Shah was given the Ministry of Home Affairs (India). As Union Defence Minister now, Singh has indicated a subtle shift in India’s strategic vision. Among the challenges that the Defence Minister is expected to address are the ever-increasing requirements of India’s forces, including increased budgetary requirements, especially in the light of an unstable neighbourhood.
After being Defence Minister he had focused mainly on increasing the Defence budget of the Nation and has focused on decreasing the import of Arms from other nations and making the Nation an Arm Exporter and an Arms industry. He also stated that.
“India cannot put hand on hand in the issues of National Security. Now the time has come that India needs to emerge as major arms exporter.”— Economic Times, Rajnath Singh,
He is married to Savitri Singh on 5 June 1971, with whom he has two sons and a daughter
His son Pankaj Singh is a politician and Member of the Legislative Assembly from Noida (Assembly constituency), Uttar Pradesh from BJP