Vasundhara Raje
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12th Chief Minister of Rajasthan
In office
12 December 2013 (2013-12-12) – 16 December 2018 (2018-12-16)
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
In office
19 March 1998 (1998-03-19) – 12 October 1999 (1999-10-12)
Member of Rajasthan Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
8 December 2003 (2003-12-08)
Preceded byMohan Lal
In office
1985 (1985)–1989 (1989)
Member of Parliament
Lok Sabha
In office
1989 (1989)–2003 (2003)
Preceded byJhujhar Singh
Succeeded byDushyant Singh
Personal details
Born (1953-03-08) 8 March 1953 (age 69)
Bombay, Bombay State (present day Mumbai, Maharashtra), India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
(m. 1972; div. 1973)
ChildrenDushyant Singh
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 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. 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 a four-time member of Parliament through Loksabha and the Yuvraj of Dholpur.

Political career

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]

Membership of legislative assembly

Membership of parliament

Vasundhara Raje Scindia at the inauguration of Bhamashah Yojana in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
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.[12]

In 2018, she received the 'Best Chief Minister of the Year' Award at the 52nd Skoch Summit.[13]


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.[14]

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.
  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. ^ "Profile of Rajasthan". Nationsroot inc.
  7. ^ "Raje's yatra to skip Sheo, raising political hackles". Hindustan Times. 7 August 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Raje's yatra to skip Sheo, raising political hackles".
  9. ^ "iStart Rajasthan by Satyam Kumar & CM Vasundhara Raje".
    - "Rajasthan Government Doubles Down on Startup Support, Launches IStart Programme". 8 November 2017.
  10. ^ "मुख्यमंत्री जल स्वावलम्बन अभियान से प्रदेश बन रहा है जल आत्मनिर्भर".
    - "Jal Swavlamban Yojna".
  11. ^ "Schemes by Vasundhara Raje".
  12. ^ "Vasundhara Raje Biography - About awards won, history". Group.
  13. ^ "Vasundhara Raje conferred with 'Chief Minister of the Year' award". The Indian Express. 23 June 2018.
  14. ^ "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