Jyotiraditya Scindia
Jyotiraditya Scindia in June 2022.jpg
Scindia in June 2022
Minister of Civil Aviation
Assumed office
7 July 2021
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byHardeep Singh Puri
Minister of Steel
Assumed office
6 July 2022
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byRCP Singh
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
Assumed office
20 June 2020
Preceded bySatyanarayan Jatiya
ConstituencyMadhya Pradesh
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
24 February 2002 – 23 May 2019
Preceded byMadhavrao Scindia
Succeeded byDr. K. P. Yadav
Minister of State (Independent charge) for Power and corporate
In office
28 October 2012 – 26 May 2014
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
Preceded byVeerappa Moily
Succeeded byPiyush Goyal
Personal details
Born (1971-01-01) 1 January 1971 (age 51)
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Other political
Indian National Congress
(m. 1994)
RelativesSee Scindia family
Residence(s)Jai Vilas Palace, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India
New Delhi, India
Alma materHarvard University (B.A.)
Stanford University (M.B.A.)

Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia (born 1 January 1971) is an Indian politician who serves as the Minister of Civil Aviation, a position his father also held from 1991 to 1993. He also heads the Ministry of Steel.[1] He is a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha representing the State of Madhya Pradesh. He is a former Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha, representing the Guna constituency in Madhya Pradesh until his defeat in the 2019 Indian general election. He is a former member of the Indian National Congress (INC) and presently a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

While a member of the INC, Scindia was a Minister of State with independent charge for various ministries between 2007 to 2014 in the cabinet of Prime minister Manmohan Singh from October 2012 until May 2014. In March 2020, he severed all ties with Congress and joined the BJP.[citation needed]

Scindia is the son of the late Indian politician, Madhavrao Scindia, and a grandson of Jivajirao Scindia, the last ruler of the princely state of Gwalior during the British Raj in India. Jyotiraditya was briefly the titular Crown Prince of Gwalior in 1971, until the privy purses and titles of Indian royals were abolished by the government in 1971.

Early life and education

Scindia was born on 1 January 1971 in Mumbai to Madhavrao Scindia and Madhavi Raje Scindia. He originally belongs to Maratha caste.[2][3]

He was educated at Campion School, Mumbai and at The Doon School, Dehradun.[4]

Scindia was admitted to St. Stephen's College, Delhi, University of Delhi. He later transferred to Harvard College, the undergraduate liberal arts college of Harvard University, where he graduated with BA degree in Economics in 1993. In 2001, he received a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.[5][6]

Scindia is a grandson of Jivajirao Scindia, the last Maharaja of the princely state of Gwalior. His father Madhavrao Scindia was an Indian politician and a minister in the government of Rajiv Gandhi. Scindia's mother is Madhavi Raje Scindia (Kiran Rajya Lakshmi Devi). He is married to Priyadarshini Raje Scindia.

Political career

Early political career

Scindia in 2008 as Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology
Scindia in 2008 as Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology

On 30 September 2001, the Guna constituency fell vacant due to the death of Scindia's father the sitting MP Madhavrao Scindia in an airplane crash in Uttar Pradesh.[7] On 18 December, he formally joined the INC and pledged to uphold the "secular, liberal and social justice values" of his father.[8]

On 24 February, Scindia won the by-election in Guna, defeating his nearest rival, Desh Raj Singh Yadav of the BJP, by a margin of approximately 450,000 votes.[9] He was re-elected in May 2004,[10] 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.[11]

Scindia was appointed Minister of State for Communication in 2007 later as minister of state independent charge for Power 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.[12]

Scindia was among the richest ministers in the UPA government with assets valued at 25 crore (US$3.1 million) including investments in Indian and foreign securities worth over 16 crore (US$2 million) and jewellery worth over 5.7 crore (US$713,831).[13] In 2010, he 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 was challenged in court by his aunts.[14][clarification needed]

Scindia was tasked by the Indian Planning Commission with preventing a repetition of the July 2012 India blackout, the largest power outage in history, which affected over 620 million people (about 9% of the world population).[15][16][17] In May 2013, Scindia claimed that checks and balances had been put in place to prevent any recurrence of grid collapse and that India would have the world's largest integrated grid by January 2014.[18]

In 2014, Scindia was elected from Guna[19] but lost his seat to Krishna Pal Singh Yadav. In 2019, he was appointed as General Secretary in-charge for Uttar Pradesh West along with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.[20]

Bharatiya Janata Party

Citing disgruntlement with the INC leadership, especially with former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Scinidia quit the Congress party on 10 March 2020. The Congress party then released a statement claiming that he had been expelled for "anti-party activities." He joined the BJP on 11 March 2020.[21][22] Other MLAs loyal to him also resigned from the INC and their MLA posts. This led to the 2020 Madhya Pradesh political crisis which in turn resulted in the resignation of Kamal Nath as Chief Minister on 23 March 2020. Nath’s replacement, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, was sworn in as Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh on 23 March 2020.

On 19 June 2020, Scindia was elected a BJP Rajya Sabha MP from Madhya Pradesh.[23] On 7 July 2021, Scindia was appointed as the Minister of Civil Aviation in Second Modi ministry after a cabinet reshuffle in July 2021.[24]

In February 2022, Scindia was appointed PM Modi's special envoy to Romania to oversee the evacuation of Indian nationals in Ukraine resulting from during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. As a part of Operation Ganga, he is overseeing the evacuation efforts of students and Indian professionals through Bucharest and Suceava.[25]

Other roles

The Scindia School of which Jyotiraditya is President of the Board of Governors
The Scindia School of which Jyotiraditya is President of the Board of Governors

Scindia is chairman of the regional Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA).[26] After the spot fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League was made apparent and Sanjay Jagdale, a member of the MPCA, resigned from his post as secretary in the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Scindia spoke out against corruption in Indian cricket.[27]

Scindia is President of the Board of Governors of Scindia School, which was founded by his great-grandfather, Madho Rao Scindia, in 1897.[28][29]

The Scindia Pavilion, at the Daly College in Indore, Circa 1910s
The Scindia Pavilion, at the Daly College in Indore, Circa 1910s

He is also a hereditary patron of Daly College, which was established in 1870 to educate the children of the royalty, nobility, and aristocracy of Central Indian princely states of the Marathas, Rajputs, Mohameddans & Bundelas.[30]

Scindia is chairman of Madhav Institute of Technology and Science.[31]

See also


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  25. ^ "'Operation Ganga in full gear!': Jyotiraditya Scindia meets Indian Ambassador to Romania, Moldova on evacuation of Indian nationals in Ukraine". Free Press Journal. Retrieved 2 March 2022.
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  29. ^ "The Scindia School: Fees and Funding". 2013. Archived from the original on 1 November 2013.
  30. ^ "Patrons". Daly college. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  31. ^ "Chairman". MITS Gwalior. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
Lok Sabha Preceded byMadhavrao Scindia Member of Parliamentfor Guna 2002 – 2019 Succeeded byKrishna Pal Singh Yadav Political offices Preceded byVeerappa Moily Minister of Power 29 October 2012 - 26 May 2014(Minister of State with Independent charge) Succeeded byPiyush Goyal(Minister of State with Independent charge) Preceded byHardeep Singh Puri(Minister of State with Independent charge) Minister of Civil Aviation 7 July 2021 – Present Incumbent Preceded byRamchandra Prasad Singh Minister of Steel 6 July 2022 – Present Incumbent