Kiren Rijiju
Rijiju in 2018
Minister of Earth Sciences
Assumed office
18 May 2023 (2023-05-18)
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byJitendra Singh
34th Minister of Law and Justice
In office
7 July 2021 (2021-07-07) – 18 May 2023
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byRavi Shankar Prasad
Succeeded byArjun Ram Meghwal
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports
In office
30 May 2019 – 7 July 2021
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byCol. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
Succeeded byAnurag Thakur as Cabinet Minister
Minister of State for Minority Affairs
In office
30 May 2019 – 7 July 2021
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
MinisterMukhtar Abbas Naqvi
Preceded byVirendra Kumar
Succeeded byJohn Barla
Minister of State for Home Affairs
In office
26 May 2014 – 30 May 2019
Served along with H. P. Chaudhary (2014-16) and H. G. Ahir (2016-19)
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
MinisterRajnath Singh
Preceded byR. P. N. Singh
Succeeded byNityanand Rai, G. Kishan Reddy
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
16 May 2014
Preceded byTakam Sanjoy
ConstituencyArunachal West
Preceded byJarbom Gamlin
Succeeded byTakam Sanjoy
ConstituencyArunachal West
Personal details
Born (1971-11-19) 19 November 1971 (age 52)[1]
Nafra, West Kameng district, Arunachal Pradesh, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
SpouseJoram Rina Rijiju
Residence(s)9, Krishna Menon Marg, New Delhi – 110011
EducationB.A., LL.B[2]
Alma materDelhi University
Websitesites.google.com/site/kirenrijiju/

Kiren Rijiju (born 19 November 1971) is an Indian politician from Arunachal Pradesh who is the Cabinet Minister of Earth Sciences in the Government of India since 2023 and a member of the parliament in Lok Sabha from Arunachal West since 2014 and from 2004 to 2009. Earlier, he served as the Minister of State for Home Affairs from 2014 to 2019, Minister of State for Minority Affairs from 2019 to 2021, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Sports and Youth Affairs from 2019 to 2021 and the Law minister from 2021 to 2023.[3]

Early life

Rijiju was born on 19 November 1971 at Nakhu near Nafra in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh in India. He is the son of Rinchin Kharu and Chirai Rijiju. His father was the first pro-tem speaker of Arunachal Pradesh who gave oath to the Members of the First State Legislative Assembly.[4]

He was a good athlete during his college days and as of February 2023 is seen playing Football and Badminton.

Education

Rijiju did his graduation degree (B.A.) from Hansraj College, University of Delhi. Further, in 1998, he did his graduate degree in law (LL.B) from Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi.[5][6]

Political career

Kiren Rijiju is a three time MP in Lok Sabha from Arunachal Pradesh. He has served as minister of state (MoS) (independent charge) youth affairs and sports, MoS minority affairs, MoS home affairs, and Minister of Law and Justice. His tenure as Law Minister was marked by controversies. On 18 May 2023, he was assigned the portfolio of Ministry of Earth Sciences.[7]

Controversies

In 2022, Kiren called the collegium system of appointment of judges in Indian judicial system as "opaque", implying that appointments are done on personal associations rather than merit. He also advocated for government's role in the appointment of judges, writing to the Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud. His comments on judiciary and collegium system were widely criticised by the legal community and the Supreme Court.[7][8]

In March 2023, Kiren accused some retired judges to be a part of "Anti-India gang".[9] A group of former civil servants from the Constitutional Conduct Group responded by claiming Rijiju's comments a sign of 'authoritarianism'.[10]

Personal life

He married Joram Rina Rijiju in 2004.[11] She is a graduate from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi and is a gold medalist from Arunachal University. She is an Associate Professor teaching history at Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh.[citation needed]

References

  1. ^ "Kiren Rijiju, a youth leader from Arunachal Pradesh". Ibn Live. Press Trust of India. 26 May 2014. Archived from the original on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  2. ^ "KIREN RIJIJU BIOGRAPHY AND 2014 ELECTION RESULT". Compare Infobase Limited. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  3. ^ Saigal, Sonam (18 May 2023). "As Law Minister, Kiren Rijiju took potshots at Indian judiciary". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 May 2023.
  4. ^ C. B. Namchoom. "The saffron man, now playing the Jai Ho tune". eastern panorama. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Amid appointments impasse, virtual courts, new Law Minister Kiren Rijiju signs in". Indian Express. 8 July 2021. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  6. ^ "Campus Law Centre DU". DU. 8 July 2021. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  7. ^ a b Desk, Express Web (18 May 2023). "Kiren Rijiju no longer law minister: A look at his political career, controversies". Indian Express. Retrieved 20 May 2023.
  8. ^ Staff, The Wire (28 November 2022). "Supreme Court Objects to Kiren Rijiju's Remarks on Collegium System". The Wire. Retrieved 20 May 2023.
  9. ^ Staff, The Wire (18 March 2023). "Some Retired Judges Are Part of 'Anti-India Gang', Says Law Minister Kiren Rijiju". The Wire. Retrieved 20 May 2023.
  10. ^ Staff, The Wire (30 March 2023). "Rijiju's 'Anti-India' Comments a Sign of 'Authoritarianism', Say Former Civil Servants". The Wire. Retrieved 20 May 2023.
  11. ^ "Fourteenth Lok Sabha: Members Bioprofile". Lok Sabha. Archived from the original on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
Lok Sabha Preceded byJarbom Gamlin Member of Parliamentfor Arunachal West 2004–2009 Succeeded byTakam Sanjoy Preceded byTakam Sanjoy Member of Parliamentfor Arunachal West 2014–present Incumbent Political offices Preceded byRajyavardhan Singh RathoreMinister of State withIndependent charge Minister of Youth Affairs and SportsMinister of State withIndependent charge 2019–2021 Succeeded byAnurag Thakur Preceded byRavi Shankar Prasad Minister of Law and Justice 7 July 2021 - 18 May 2023 Succeeded byArjun Ram MeghwalMinister of State withIndependent charge Preceded byJitendra SinghMinister of State withIndependent charge Minister of Earth Sciences 18 May 2023 - Present Incumbent