Manish Tewari
Tewari in 2014
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
23 May 2019
Preceded byPrem Singh Chandumajra
ConstituencyAnandpur Sahib
In office
16 May 2009 – 18 May 2014
Preceded bySharanjit Singh Dhillon
Succeeded byRavneet Singh Bittu
Minister of Information and Broadcasting (Independent Charge)
In office
28 October 2012 – 26 May 2014
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
Preceded byAmbika Soni
Succeeded byPrakash Javdekar
President of Indian Youth Congress
In office
Preceded bySatyajit D. Gaekwad
Succeeded byRandeep Surjewala
President of National Students Union of India
In office
Preceded byMukul Wasnik
Succeeded bySaleem Ahmad
Personal details
Born (1965-12-08) 8 December 1965 (age 58)[1]
Ludhiana, Punjab, India
Political partyIndian National Congress
SpouseNaznin Shifa Tewari
Residence(s)New Delhi, India

Manish Tewari (born 8 December 1965) is an Indian lawyer and politician. He is a member of the Indian National Congress and represents Anandpur Sahib in the 17th Lok Sabha. He was Minister of Information and Broadcasting from 2012 to 2014 and a Member of Parliament from Ludhiana from 2009 to 2014.

Personal life

Manish Tewari was born on 8 December 1965[2] Ludhiana, Punjab to V.N. Tiwari, an author of Punjabi language and professor at the Panjab University; and Amrit Tewari was a dentist who worked as Professor and Head, Oral Health Sciences Center, and Dean at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research. His father was killed by militants in 1984 at Sector 24, Chandigarh during a morning walk, a few months before Operation Blue Star. His mother died in 2018 following a cardiac arrest.[3] Tewari's maternal grandfather, Sardar Tirath Singh was a lawyer and a minister in Congress' government in the state of Punjab.

Tewari attained a Bachelor's of Arts degree from Panjab University, Chandigarh and later a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Delhi.[2] During his time at the Panjab University, he led the sports teams in swimming and water polo.[2] Tewari married Naznin Shifa, a Parsi in March 1996 and now resides in Lodhi Gardens, New Delhi. The couple has a daughter, Ineka Tewari.[2]


Manish Tewari addressing a Press Conference on ‘Digitization and related issues’, in New Delhi.

Tewari was the president of National Students Union of India from 1988 to 1993[4] and Indian Youth Congress(I) from 1998 to 2000. He lost the 2004 Lok sabha elections but successfully contested the 2009 Lok Sabha elections by defeating Shiromani Akali Dal's candidate Gurcharan Singh Galib by a margin of over 100,000 votes. He was Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting. Tewari, an advocate by profession, presently practices in the Supreme Court of India and the High Courts of Delhi as well as Punjab and Haryana.

As a member of parliament he has been active in drafting a Private member's Bill to bring the intelligence agencies under parliamentary oversight.[5] While he was scheduled to contest polls from his constituency Ludhiana, in March 2014 he was admitted to hospital for heart ailment.[6] Days later he expressed his unwillingness to contest parliamentary elections owing to his ill health. He has been replaced by Ravneet Singh Bittu, the grandson of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh.[7]

Manish Tewari was a speaker at Bridge India's webinar on "India's foreign policy: Taking stock at the end of Year One"[8] In 2022, it was reported that Tewari may be a candidate in the 2022 Indian National Congress presidential election.[9]

Manish Tewari addressing the gathering, at Mullanpur, District. Ludhiana of Punjab on 23 October 2013


  1. ^ "Manish Tewari Biography". Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d "Detailed profile: Shri Manish Tewari". Government of India. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  3. ^ Singh, Robin (15 January 2018). "Prof Amrit Tewari, former PGI Dean, passes away at 80". Retrieved 24 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Tewari, Shri Manish". Parliament of India. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Indian spy agencies to come under parliament oversight?". The Economic Times. 14 August 2011. Archived from the original on 20 April 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  6. ^ "Manish Tewari unlikely to contest Lok Sabha polls". 16 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Manish Tewari not to contest Lok Sabha polls". 25 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Bridge India's webinar series". Bridge India. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  9. ^ "Kamal Nath, Manish Tewari may contest in Congress chief polls". 22 September 2022. Retrieved 28 September 2022.