Vasundhara Raje
13th Chief Minister of Rajasthan
In office
12 December 2013 (2013-12-12) – 17 December 2018 (2018-12-17)
Preceded byAshok Gehlot
Succeeded byAshok Gehlot
In office
8 December 2003 (2003-12-08) – 11 December 2008 (2008-12-11)
Preceded byAshok Gehlot
Succeeded byAshok Gehlot
Minister of State for External Affairs,Government of India
In office
19 March 1998 (1998-03-19) – 12 October 1999 (1999-10-12)
MinisterJaswant Singh
Member of Rajasthan Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
8 December 2003 (2003-12-08)
Preceded byMohan Lal
In office
1985 (1985)–1990 (1990)
Preceded byBanwari Lal Sharma
Succeeded byBhairon Singh Shekhawat
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
1989 (1989)–2003 (2003)
Preceded byJhujhar Singh
Succeeded byDushyant Singh
ConstituencyJhalawar, Rajasthan
Vice President of Bharatiya Janata Party
Assumed office
11 January 2019
PresidentJ. P. Nadda
Personal details
Born (1953-03-08) 8 March 1953 (age 71)
Bombay, Bombay State, India
(present day Mumbai, Maharashtra)
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
(m. 1972; div. 1973)
ChildrenDushyant Singh (son)
Parent(s)Jivajirao Scindia (father)
Vijaya Raje Scindia (mother)
Residence(s)Dholpur, Rajasthan, India
Alma materUniversity of Mumbai

Vasundhara Raje Scindia (born 8 March 1953) is an Indian politician, who has held two terms as the chief minister of Rajasthan. She was previously a minister in the Union Cabinet of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and was India's first Minister of Small Scale Industries and Agro and Rural Industries, which now known as Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. In 2003, she became the first woman to serve as the Chief Minister for the state of Rajasthan. She is currently one of the national vice presidents of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). A member of the Scindia family, she is also the matriarch of the Bamraulia family of Dholpur.

Early life

Vasundhara Raje singh was born on 8 March 1953 in Bombay (now Mumbai). She is the daughter of Vijayaraje Scindia-Shinde and Jivajirao Scindia-Shinde, Maharaja of Gwalior, members of the prominent Scindia royal Maratha family.[1]

Raje completed her school education at Presentation Convent School in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, and later graduated with economics and political science degrees from the Sophia College for Women, Mumbai.[2]

Personal life

She married Maharaj Rana Hemant Singh, of the royal Dholpur family, on 17 November 1972, but they separated a year later.[3] Her son, Dushyant Singh, was elected to the Lok Sabha from her former constituency, Jhalawar.[4] Her siblings are Yashodhara Raje Scindia, a former industries minister of Madhya Pradesh, the late Madhavrao Scindia, the late Padmavati Raje "Akkasaheb" Burman (1942–64), who married Kirit Deb Burman, the last ruling Maharaja of Tripura, and Usha Raje Rana (b. 1943) who married into the Rana family of Nepal.


She has one son Dushyant Singh, who is a four-time member of Parliament through Loksabha and the Yuvraj of Dholpur.

Political career

Rajasthan Chief Minister, Vasundhara Raje, ties ‘Rakhi’ to Senior Minister, Dr. Digamber Singh, in Jaipur.

In 1984, Raje entered the Indian political system. Initially, she was made a member of the national executive of the newly formed Bharatiya Janata Party. She was also elected as a member of the 8th Rajasthan Assembly from Dholpur. In the same year, she was appointed vice president of the Yuva Morcha, Rajasthan BJP.[5]

Member of legislative assembly

Member of parliament

Vasundhara Raje Scindia at the inauguration of Bhamashah Yojana in Udaipur, Rajasthan.

Positions held



In 2007, she received the "Women Together Award" from the UNO for services rendered towards the self-empowerment of women.[13]

In 2018, she received the 'Best Chief Minister of the Year' Award at the 52nd Skoch Summit.[14]


A book on the life of Vasundhara Raje named Vasundhara Raje aur Vikasit Rajasthan was written by the historian Vijay Nahar and published by Prabhat Prakashan.[15]

See also


  1. ^ "Profile on Rajasthan Assembly website". Rajasthan Legislative Assembly Secretariat, Jaipur (Rajasthan) India. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  2. ^ Oct 20, Updated. "Vasundhara Raje Scindia - Times of India". The Times of India.((cite news)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "Vasundhara Raje: A comeback politician who is also a fashion symbol". Economic Times. 8 December 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Fifteenth Lok Sabha Members Bioprofile". Lok Sabha Secretariat. Archived from the original on 10 March 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  5. ^ Life and Career – Vasundhara Raje
  6. ^ a b Yadav, Shyamlal (13 March 2020). "The Gwalior dynasty: A short history of the Scindias in Indian politics". The Indian Express. Retrieved 3 April 2023.
  7. ^ "Profile of Rajasthan". Nationsroot inc.
  8. ^ "Raje's yatra to skip Sheo, raising political hackles". Hindustan Times. 7 August 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Raje's yatra to skip Sheo, raising political hackles". Archived from the original on 26 December 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  10. ^ "iStart Rajasthan by Satyam Kumar & CM Vasundhara Raje".
    - "Rajasthan Government Doubles Down on Startup Support, Launches IStart Programme". 8 November 2017.
  11. ^ "मुख्यमंत्री जल स्वावलम्बन अभियान से प्रदेश बन रहा है जल आत्मनिर्भर". Archived from the original on 26 December 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
    - "Jal Swavlamban Yojna".
  12. ^ "Schemes by Vasundhara Raje".
  13. ^ "Vasundhara Raje Biography - About awards won, history". Group.
  14. ^ "Vasundhara Raje conferred with 'Chief Minister of the Year' award". The Indian Express. 23 June 2018.
  15. ^ "राज्यपाल कल्याण सिंह को पुस्तक भेंट". Group. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
Lok Sabha Preceded byJujhar Singh Member of Parliamentfor Jhalawar 1989 – 2003 Succeeded byDushyant Singh Political offices Preceded byAshok Gehlot Chief Minister of Rajasthan 8 December 2003 – 11 December 2008 Succeeded byAshok Gehlot Preceded byAshok Gehlot Chief Minister of Rajasthan 13 December 2013 – 16 December 2018 Succeeded byAshok Gehlot