Thawarchand Gehlot
Thawarchand Gehlot addressing a press conference
19th Governor of Karnataka
Assumed office
6 July 2021
Chief MinisterB. S. Yediyurappa
Preceded byVajubhai Vala
Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment
In office
26 May 2014 – 7 July 2021
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byMallikarjun Kharge
Leader of the House, Rajya Sabha
In office
11 June 2019 – 7 July 2021
Preceded byArun Jaitley
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
3 April 2012 – 7 July 2021
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 73)
Rupeta, Nagda, Central India Agency, Dominion of India (present-day Madhya Pradesh, India)
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Other political
National Democratic Alliance
Spouse(s)Anita Gehlot
ResidenceRaj Bhavan, Bangalore

Thawarchand Gehlot (born 18 May 1948) is an Indian politician who is the current and 19th Governor of Karnataka from 6 July 2021. He also served as the Minister for 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.[1]

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.[2] He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree from Vikram University, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh.[3]


He is 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.[4] He formerly represented Shajapur in the lower house of Indian Parliament, Lok Sabha from 1996 to 2009.[5] He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and general secretary of the party.[6]

On July 6, 2021, Thawar Chand Gehlot has been appointment as the Governor of Karnataka. Giving way to new faces in modi cabinet which is set to happen on 7 July.


  1. ^ "PM Modi allocates portfolios. Full list of new ministers", Live Mint, 31 May 2019
  2. ^ "Thawar Chand Gehlot: BJP's Dalit face becomes minister for second time". India Today. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Minister Bio Data" (PDF).
  4. ^ "63 साल में पहली बार दलित और आदिवासी को देश में मिली मानद उपाधि, इन्होंने बढ़ाया मान". Patrika. 19 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Thawar Chand Gehlot: The Scheduled Caste face in Narendra Modi's cabinet: India, News – The Economic Times". 31 May 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  6. ^ BJP National office bearers, National Office bearers. "National office bearers".
Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Phool Chand Verma
Member of Parliament
for Shajapur

Succeeded by
Constituency dissolved
Political offices
Preceded by
Selja Kumari
Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment
26 May 2014 - Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Arun Jaitley
Leader of the House of the Rajya Sabha
11 June 2019 - Present
Succeeded by