Anand Sharma
Anand Sharma
Anand Sharma at Davos World Economic Forum in 2012.
Deputy Leader of the Opposition Rajya Sabha
In office
8 June 2014 – 2 April 2022
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Chairman Rajya Sabha
Leader of the Opposition
Preceded byM. J. Akbar
Succeeded byP. Chidambaram (interim)
Member of Parliament In Rajya Sabha
In office
3 April 2016 – 2 April 2022
Succeeded bySikander Kumar
ConstituencyHimachal Pradesh
In office
5 July 2010 – 9 March 2016
Minister of Commerce and Industry, Government of India
In office
22 May 2009 – 26 May 2014
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
Preceded byKamal Nath
Succeeded byNirmala Sitharaman[1]
Personal details
Born (1953-01-05) 5 January 1953 (age 71)
Shimla, Punjab, India
(now in Himachal Pradesh, India)
Political partyIndian National Congress
SpouseZenobia Sharma
Alma materFaculty of Law, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla

Anand Sharma (born 5 January 1953) is an Indian politician and former Union Cabinet Minister in charge of Commerce and Industry and Textiles[2] in the Government of India. Since June 2014, Sharma was the Deputy Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament until 2022.[3]

Early life and education

Anand Sharma is the son of P. A. Sharma and Prabha Rani Sharma and was born in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. He was educated at R.P.C.S.D.B. College (now R.K.M.V. College), Shimla and Faculty of Law, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla.


Sharma was a prominent leader in the student and youth movement in India, a founder member of the Congress Party's students wing the NSUI. He was also a former President of the Indian Youth Congress. Sharma asserts that the country needed investment in the manufacturing sector and the cost of credit must be brought down for this purpose.[4] In February 2012, Sharma led a business delegation of more than 120 people to Pakistan for improving trade ties. During this visit, he discussed the revision of the existing visa bilateral agreement, signed in 1974, with his Pakistani counterpart Makhdoom Muhammad Ameen Faheem, to facilitate travel by bona fide businessmen from both the countries.[5]

As India's commerce and Industry Minister, he had taken major policy initiatives to accelerate Manufacturing and attract Foreign investments in India. Anand Sharma, was instrumental in making of India's first National Manufacturing policy (NMP) in 2011, with the objective to raise the share of manufacturing from 16 to 25 percent of GDP and creation of 100 million skilled jobs in a decade. To achieve that, the policy envisaged establishment of greenfield integrated manufacturing cities; NIMZ-National Investment and Manufacturing Zones. Sixteen NIMZ were notified.

As Minister responsible for National Investment Policy, he piloted the opening of many sectors for FDI including Defence, and Civil Aviation. India allowed 100% FDI in Single Brand retail and opened up Multi Brand retail to Foreign Investors. The e-Biz Project was conceptualised and rolled out to improve business and investment climate.

Post Global Economic Crisis, India emerged as an alternative destination for Foreign Investors and during Anand Sharma's five years tenure received 190 bn USD as FDI.

He gave a forward looking Foreign Trade Policy ensuring its stability and predictability. It yielded positive dividend and India's merchandise exports almost doubled during 2010–2014.

Anand Sharma is credited with playing a critical leadership note at the IXth WTO Ministerial Meeting in Bali in December, 2013 and its successful outcome defending the right of India and the developing countries, to public stock holding of food grain for Food Security; he remained steadfast in negotiating a solution to end the impasse. Bali Ministerial, resulted in the first ever agreement. Since the establishment of the WTO including the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).

He was also actively associated in negotiation and build a global consensus for historic Indo-US Nuclear Cooperation Agreement 2008 which ended decades of India's isolation and integration with the global mainstream for nuclear research and cooperation.

He made a notable contribution in the successful convening of an International Conference in Delhi in November, 2014, to commemorate the 125th Birth Anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru- Independent India's first Prime Minister and an acknowledged World Statesman. Anand Sharma edited the historic Commemorative book " Remembering Jawaharlal Nehru", which has been universally acclaimed.

MP Rajya Sabha

Parliamentary Committees

Since 2020 till 2022, he is the chair person of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs.[6]

Positions held

Personal life

Anand Sharma married Dr. Zenobia on 23 February 1987. They have two sons. He is associated with a number of social and sports organizations and also an all India NGO in disability sector.[8]


Foreign honours


  1. India's Indira, 2018
  2. Remembering Jawaharlal Nehru, 2016
  3. Journey of a Nation, 2011
  4. Gandhian Way, 2007


  1. ^ Minister of State (Independent Charge)
  2. ^ "Minister of Commerce of India Anand Sharma to visit Finland – Embassy of Finland, Washington – Consulate Generals of Finland, New York, Los Angeles : Current Affairs : Ministry for Foreign Affairs News". 23 March 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Anand Sharma named Deputy Leader of Congress in Rajya Sabha". IANS. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Cost of credit must be brought down: Anand Sharma". News Track India. 11 February 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  5. ^ "India, Pak in final stages of revising visa agreement: Anand Sharma – Economic Times". The Economic Times. 15 February 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Parliament Panels Reconstituted, Congress Leaders Retained As Chairmen". 10 October 2021. Retrieved 8 January 2022.
  7. ^ a b c "Anand Sharma elected unopposed to RS". The Hindu. 14 March 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Detailed Profile – Shri Anand Sharma – Members of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) – Who's Who – Government: National Portal of India". Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  9. ^ a b c "Anand Sharma – Minister of Commerce & Industry, Government of India". Department of Commerce, Government of India. Archived from the original on 24 February 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
Political offices Preceded byKamal Nath Minister of Commerce and Industry 2009–2014 Succeeded byNirmala Sitharaman(Minister of State (Independent Charge))