Vidya Charan Shukla
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|Vidya Charan Shukla|
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Vidya Charan Shukla was born on 2 August 1929 at Raipur (CP & Berar). His father Pandit Ravi Shankar Shukla was an illustrious lawyer, freedom fighter, veteran Congressman, Premier of CP & Berar and the first Chief Minister of reorganised Madhya Pradesh. Vidya Charan Shukla graduated from Morris College Nagpur in 1951. He started Allwyn Cooper Private Ltd., which was organising big-game safari and photo expeditions of wildlife in Central Indian forests in addition to Manganese and Dolomite mining. The Allwyn Cooper grew into a global big-game safari company and attracted clients from all over the world especially from Europe and USA.
For the general elections in 1957 the Congress Party chose him as their Lok Sabha candidate from Mahasamund constituency. He won with a thumping majority and entered the Parliament of India as one of the youngest Parliamentarian. Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was happy to meet this young, promising Congressman from Madhya Pradesh. He returned elected to Lok Sabha 9 times in subsequent elections. When Indira Gandhi became Prime Minister in 1966 she chose him as a Minister in her Cabinet.In a long span of political carrier he has held virtually all portfolios including Communications, Home, Defence, Finance, Planning, Information & Broadcasting, Civil Supplies, External Affairs, Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources.
During the time of Indian Emergency (1975–1977), being the Information and broadcasting minister of India, he banned the songs of Kishore Kumar from All India Radio and Doordarshan from May 4th, 1976 till the end of the Emergency, because he refused to sing for an Indian National Congress rally in Mumbai.
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