|Union Minister of State (Independent charge) – Minister of Information and Broadcasting|
October 28, 2012
|Prime Minister||Manmohan Singh|
|Preceded by||Ambika Soni|
|Member of Parliament|
|Preceded by||Sharanjit Singh Dhillon|
|President Indian Youth Congress|
1998 - 2000
|Preceded by||Satyajit D. Gaekwad|
|Succeeded by||Randeep Surjewala|
1986 - 1993
|Preceded by||Mukul Wasnik|
|Succeeded by||Saleem Ahmad|
|Born||December 8, 1965|
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Spouse(s)||Naaznin B. Shafa|
|As of June 19, 2009|
Manish Tewari comes from a political family in Punjab. His father Dr. V.N. Tewari, a Professor, Department of Punjabi, at Punjab University, has written more than 40 books in Punjabi. His father was killed by Sikh militants in 1984 at Sector 24, Chandigarh during a morning walk, a few months before Operation Blue Star. Tewari’s maternal grandfather, Sardar Tirath Singh too was an advocate and Minister in the Congress Government in Punjab. His mother Dr. Amrit Kaur Tewari is a Dentist who worked as Professor and Head, Oral Health Sciences Center, and Dean at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh.He is married to Naaznin Shafa, a Parsi, and they have a daughter.
Tewari was the president of National Students Union Of India 1989 and Indian Youth Congress(I) from 1998 to 2000. He lost the 2004 Lok sabha elections but successfully contested the 2009 Lok Sabha elections by defeating Shiromani Akali Dal's candidate Gurcharan Singh Galib by a margin of over 1 lakh votes. He is Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting.
As a member of parliament he has been active in drafting a Private member's Bill to bring the intelligence agencies under parliamentary oversight. Educational Qualifications B.A. (Hons.) Economics, LL.B. Educated at Punjab University, Chandigarh and University of Delhi, Delhi Profession Advocate
In 2012 speaking on the anti-corruption movement led by veteran social activist Anna Hazare he alleged "He himself is involved in several cases of corruption. This has been proved by the apex court appointed Justice Sawant Commission. The commission found that Anna runs several NGOs and money was spent illegally for his birthday celebration,"' He alleged that the so-called "Team Anna" is composed of "armchair fascists, overground Maoists, closet anarchists funded by invisible donors,". Hazare sent a legal notice to Tewari for defamation stating that Tewari had committed an offence under sections 499 and 500 of Indian Penal Code and called him to "apologise with written application by him and on behalf of his party (Indian National Congress), undertaking not to commit such false imputations and defamatory statements about Hazare in future". Later Tewari regretted his statement stating that much is said in political debate.
- "Manish Tewari Biography". NRIInternet.com. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
- "Biodata of manish Tiwari, Lok Sabha". Parliament of India. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
- "Indian spy agencies to come under parliament oversight?". The Economic Times. 14 August 2011. Archived from the original on 20 April 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- "Anna Hazare sends legal notice to Tewari". The Economic Times. Press Trust of India. 8 September 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
- "Manish Tiwari says sorry to Anna". Manish Tiwari says sorry to Anna. Zee News. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
- "Lokpal Bill row: Manish Tewari apologises to Anna". Lokpal Bill row: Manish Tewari apologises to Anna. NDTV. Retrieved 5 January 2013.