Anand Sharma

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Anand Sharma
Anand Sharma
Anand Sharma at the 2012 World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos
Minister of Commerce and Industry
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Personal details
Born (1953-01-05) 5 January 1953 (age 61)
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Nationality India
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Zenobia Sharma
Alma mater Himachal Pradesh University
Occupation Lawyer
Religion Hinduism

Anand Sharma (Hindi: आनंद शर्मा; born 5 January 1953) is the current Union Cabinet Minister in charge of Commerce and Industry and Textiles[1] in the Government of India. Sharma is a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament.

Early life and education.[edit]

Anand Sharma is the son of P. A. Sharma and Prabha Rani Sharma and was born in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. He was educated at R.P.C.S.D.B. College, Shimla and Faculty of Law, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla.


Sharma was a prominent leader in the student and youth movement in India, a founder member of the Congress Party's students wing the NSUI. He was also a former President of the Youth Congress. Sharma asserts that the country needed investment in the manufacturing sector and the cost of credit must be brought down for this purpose.[2] In February 2012, Sharma led a business delegation of more than 120 people to Pakistan for improving trade ties. During this visit, he discussed the revision of the existing visa bilateral agreement, signed in 1974, with his Pakistani counterpart Makhdoom Muhammad Ameen Faheem, to facilitate travel by bonafide businessmen from both the countries.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Anand Sharma married Dr. Zenobia on 23 February 1987. They have two sons. He is associated with a number of social and sports organizations and also an all India NGO in disability sector.[4]

more about him[edit]

Name Shri Anand Sharma Father's Name Late Shri P.A. Sharma Mother's Name Shrimati Prabha Rani Sharma Date of Birth 05/01/1953 Birth Place Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) Maritial Status Married On 23 February 1987 Spouse Name Dr. (Smt.) Zenobia Sharma No. of Children Two Sons State Name Rajasthan Party Name Indian National Congress

Permanent Address[edit]

Prabhat Lodge, (Anand Bhawan), Kelston, Shimla - 171001 Telephone : {0177}2653365 Present Address 28, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi - 110003 Telephone : 24634755, 24643663 (O), Fax: 24634756, Mobile: 9868181147 Email id anandsharma[at]sansad[dot]nic[dot]in

Sports, Clubs, Favourite Pastimes and Recreation[edit]

Cricket, hiking, travelling, reading books on philosophy and history; listening to Indian and western classical musi

Countries Visited[edit]

Has been leader/member of delegations to over 90 countries

Other Information[edit]

Chairman, (i) First Non-Aligned Youth Conference, Delhi, 19-21 November 1985, (ii) National Preparatory Committee for XII World Youth and Students Festival, 1985, (iii) International Youth Conference Against Apartheid, Delhi, 8-9 January 1987, (iv) World Youth Action Against Apartheid, 1987-1994, (v) National Preparatory Committee for ‘Nelson Mandela-Freedom at 70’ Campaign, 1988, (vi) Indian Anti-Apartheid Movement, 1989-1994 and (vii) Indo-South Africa Friendship Association since 1994; President, (i) Students Union, R.P.C.S.D.B. College, Shimla, 1972, (ii) Himachal Pradesh Youth Congress, 1977-1981, (iii) Indian Youth Congress, 1985-1987 and (iv) Himachal Pradesh Amateur Athletic Association, 1988-1993; Secretary, (i) Himachal Pradesh University Students’ Council, 1973, (ii) National Students Union of India, 1975-1978 and (iii) Indian Youth Congress, 1981-1984; Spokesperson, Indian National Congress, 1989 and April 2000 - 2006; Member, (i) All India Congress Committee, (ii) Himachal Pradesh University, Senate, 1973-1976, (iii) Himachal Pradesh Congress Executive since 1975, (iv) Himachal Pradesh University Executive Council, 1984-1988, (v) Sports Authority of India since 1985, (vi) National Youth Advisory Board since 1986, (vii) Indian Delegation to UN General Assembly Session, 1988 and 2004, (viii) Indian Delegation to Special UN Session on Palestine at Geneva, 1988, (ix) Indian Government Delegation to Afghanistan, 1988-89, (x) Commonwealth Observer Group to Namibia, 1989, (xi) Indian National Congress delegation to meet Mr. Nelson Mandela, 1990, (xii) Indian delegation to ANC Conference, Durban, South Africa, 1991, (xiii) Commonwealth Observer Mission to South Africa, 1992, (xiv) Indian Government Delegation to South Africa, 1993, (xv) Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, 1995, (xvi) Synergy Group of Education, 1995, (xvii) Indian National Sub Commission for UNESCO, 1995-1997, (xviii) Indian National Congress delegation to South Africa, 1998, (xix) Governing Body, Action for Autism, New Delhi since 2000, (xx) National Committee of United Nations World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, 2001, (xxi) Indian National Congress Delegation to UK, 2001 and (xxii) Indian National Congress Delegation to the Labour Party Meeting at Bournemouth, U.K.; Visiting Faculty Member, (i) School of International Studies, Harvard University, 1988 and (ii) School of Asian Studies, Columbia University, New York, 1988; attended/organized conference/meeting, (i) XII Assembly of the World Federation of Democratic Youth, Hungary, 1986, (ii) International Conference of the ANC at Arusha, Tanzania, 1987, (iii) International Conference on Children, Repression and the Law in Apartheid South Africa, Harare Session, 1987, (iv) International Conference on Namibia at Melbourne, 1989, (v) VIII E.N.D. Convention on ‘Disarmament and Developments’ at Gastiez, Spain, 1989, (vi) IV International Conference Against Apartheid Sport at Stockholm, 1990, (vii) ANC Conference Durban, South Africa, 1991, (viii) International Conference on Southern Africa at London, June 1993, (ix) 28th General Conference of UNESCO, Paris, November, 1995, (x) International Seminar of the political parties from the developing countries held in Beijing, May 2001, (xi) Labour Party Meeting at Bournemouth, U.K., 2003, (xii) India-EU summit in Helsinki, October 2006, (xiii) Proactively associated with the convening of the International Conference to commemorate the Centenary of Satyagraha, New Delhi, 29-30 January 2007, and was the Secretary-General of the Conference, which was attended by 122 leadership delegations from 91 countries; In pursuance of the Conference declaration, moved India's Resolution, co-sponsored by 142 member-states, at the UN General Assembly on 15 June 2007, to observe Mahatma Gandhi's birthday on 2 October as the International Day of Non-Violence. The resolution was adopted unanimously by the UNGA, (xiv) Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) Summit, Kampala, Uganda, November 2007 and (xv) India-Africa Forum Summit, April 2008; leader of Indian delegation to, (i) U.S.S.R. and G.D.R., 1982, (ii) Hungary, 1983, (iii) Algeria and G.D.R., 1985, (iv) XIIth World Youth Festival, Moscow, (v) Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, 1986 and (vi) Angola, 1989; Special Envoy of Prime Minister to, (i) Algeria, Sahara, Tunisia and Palestine, 1988 and (ii) South Africa, 1992; Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Observer for South African Transition Process and Elections, 1994; well conversant with parliamentary and legislative procedure, and international law; considerable experience in handling media matters; nominated to represent Government of India and the Indian National Congress at the Centenary Celebrations of African National Congress held at Bloemfontein, Johannesburg in January 2012

Positions held[edit]

  • 1984–86 Member, Committee on Petitions, Rajya Sabha
  • 1985–88 Member, Joint Parliamentary Committee on Lok Pal Bill
  • 1986–89 Nominated to the Panel of Vice-Chairmen, Rajya Sabha
  • 1987–88 Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Defence (India)
  • 1988–90 Member, Committee on Government Assurances Member, Press Council of India
  • April 2004 Elected to Rajya Sabha
  • Aug. 2004 – Jan. 2006 Member, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence; Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of External Affairs; Member, Joint Committee on Salaries and Allowances of Members of Parliament
  • Aug. 2004 – July 2006 Member, Business Advisory Committee
  • Oct. 2004 – Jan. 2006 Ministry of External Affairs (India)
  • 29 Jan. 2006 – 22 May 2009 Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs
  • 22 May 2009 onwards Minister of Commerce and Industry
  • July 2010 Re-elected to Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan 12 July 2011 onwards Minister of Textiles (Addional Charge)


  • Conferred “The Order of the Companion of Volta”, top Ghanaian civilian award on 10 November 2008 by President John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor for his commitment to South-South cooperation.[5]
  • Honoured with the “Commander of the National Order of Merit”, the highest civilian award of Ivory Coast on 14 January 2009 by the President.[5]
  • Special Award for his contribution in strengthening India-South Africa relations given by South African President Jacob Zuma on the occasion of 150 Years of the First Arrival of Indians in South Africa.[5]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Kamal Nath
Minister of Commerce and Industry
2009 - present