Thawar Chand Gehlot
Thawar Chand Gehlot appointed as the new governor of karnataka (cropped).JPG
13th Governor of Karnataka[1]
Assumed office
11 July 2021
Chief Minister
Preceded byVajubhai Vala
Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment
In office
26 May 2014 – 8 July 2021
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byMallikarjun Kharge
Succeeded byVirendra Kumar Khatik
27th Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha
In office
11 June 2019 – 6 July 2021
Preceded byArun Jaitley
Succeeded byPiyush Goyal
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
3 April 2012 – 7 July 2021
Succeeded byL. Murugan
ConstituencyMadhya Pradesh
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded byPhool Chand Verma
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
ConstituencyShajapur, Madhya Pradesh
Personal details
Thaawar Chand Gehlot

(1948-05-18) 18 May 1948 (age 75)
Rupeta, Nagda, Central India Agency, Dominion of India (present-day Madhya Pradesh, India)
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Other political
National Democratic Alliance
SpouseAnita Gehlot
Residence(s)Raj Bhavan, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India[2]
Alma materVikram University
Source: [1]

Thawar Chand Gehlot (born 18 May 1948) is an Indian politician who is the current and 13th Governor of Karnataka, being the first person serving as the Governor of Karnataka from Madhya Pradesh.[3][4] He assumed office of the Governor of Karnataka on July 11, 2021.[5] He also served as the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment from 2014 to 2021. He was also the Leader of the House in the upper house of Indian Parliament. He was a member of the Parliamentary Board and the Central Election Committee of the BJP.[6]

Early life

Gehlot was born in a Dalit family in the village of Rupeta in Nagda in the Central India Agency of the Dominion of India, which is in present-day Madhya Pradesh, India. He is a senior member of Bharatiya Janata Party. He had assumed ministerial berth a number of times in the union government.[7]

He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree from Vikram University, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh.[8]


He was a member of the Rajya Sabha, upper house of Indian Parliament representing the state of Madhya Pradesh. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University of Social Sciences.[9] He formerly represented Shajapur in the lower house of Indian Parliament, Lok Sabha from 1996 to 2009.[10] He served as the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerement, in Modi's 2nd cabinet. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and was also the general secretary of the party.[11]

Further on July 6, 2021, Thawar Chand Gehlot was appointed as the 19th Governor of Karnataka.


  1. ^ "Thawarchand Gehlot will be sworn-in as Governor of Karnataka on July 11". India Tv. Retrieved 11 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Thaawarchand Gehlot takes over as Karnataka governor from Vajubhai Vala". Hindustan Times. 6 July 2021.
  3. ^ Kumar Singh, Akhilesh (6 July 2021). "Thawar Chand Gehlot appointed Karnataka governor amid Modi cabinet reshuffle buzz". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Thawar Chand Gehlot sworn in as Governor of Karnataka". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 July 2021.
  5. ^ "Gehlot to swear-in on July 11". Deccan Chronicle. PTI. 9 July 2021.
  6. ^ "PM Modi allocates portfolios. Full list of new ministers". Live Mint. 31 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Thawar Chand Gehlot: BJP's Dalit face becomes minister for second time". India Today. PTI. 31 May 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  8. ^ Minister Biodata (PDF). Ministry of Social Justice (Report).
  9. ^ "63 साल में पहली बार दलित और आदिवासी को देश में मिली मानद उपाधि, इन्होंने बढ़ाया मान". Patrika. 19 November 2019.
  10. ^ "Thawar Chand Gehlot: The Scheduled Caste face in Narendra Modi's cabinet". The Economic Times. 31 May 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  11. ^ "BJP National office bearers". BJP. Archived from the original on 22 October 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
Lok Sabha Preceded byPhool Chand Verma Member of Parliamentfor Shajapur 1996–2009 Succeeded byConstituency dissolved Political offices Preceded bySelja Kumari Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment 26 May 2014 - 8 July 2021 Succeeded byVirendra Kumar Khatik Preceded byArun Jaitley Leader of the House of the Rajya Sabha 11 June 2019 - 6 July 2021 Succeeded byPiyush Goyal