Chhavi Rajawat

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Chhavi Rajawat
Chhavi Rajawat at the World Economic Forum on India 2012.jpg
Chhavi Rajawat at the World Economic Forum on India 2012
Constituency Soda
Personal details
Born 1977 (age 40–41)
Residence Soda, Rajasthan

Chhavi Rajawat is the sarpanch of her village Soda, 60 kilometres (37 mi) from Jaipur. Though holding an elected post, Chhavi is not affiliated to any political party. The Panchayats are officially supposed to be non-partisan and Panchayat elected representatives thereby, do not fit into the bracket of mainstream politics.[1] She has been reported to be the youngest person to hold the office of sarpanch.[2]

Early life[edit]

Rajawat was born in Jaipur, Rajasthan. She is from a small village called Soda in Malpura tehsil, Tonk district. She is an alumnus of Rishi Valley School, Mayo College Girls School and Lady Shri Ram College[3] and MBA From Balaji Institute of Modern Management Pune.[4] [5]

Personal life[edit]

Chhavi Rajawat divides her time between her village, Soda, and Jaipur where she lives with her parents.[6]

Chhavi Rajawat, studied at Rishi Valley School in Andhra Pradesh; Mayo College Girls’ School in Rajasthan and Lady Shri Ram College for Women in Delhi. After her MBA from Sri Balaji Society Pune, she worked for companies such as Times of India, Carlson Group of Hotels, Airtel, etc. Today, she is the Sarpanch (elected head of the Village Council) in Soda village, Tonk district, Rajasthan and, is the first woman Sarpanch in India with an MBA degree.[3]


Rajawat left her corporate job and city life to help develop rural India. She became the Sarpanch (Head of a Village) of Soda, a village sixty kilometers from Jaipur, Rajasthan. Her grandfather Brig Raghubir Singh had been Sarpanch of the same village 20 years prior to Chhavi's elections. She is very good in meeting with people and she is taking a lead in development of Soda village. After becoming the Sarpanch of the village, she has implemented many projects successfully i.e. rain water harvesting, toilets facilities in most of the houses, etc.[7]

The Times of India, a leading English newspaper in India, credits her as the changing face of rural Rajasthan.[1]

On 25 March 2011, Rajawat made a well-received address to delegates at the 11th Infopoverty World Conference held at the United Nations.[8]

On 6 July 2014, Chhavi along with her father and the panchayat secretary were attacked over a land dispute. It is stated that Chhavi and her father were constantly requesting the police to provide security, but the police did not act in spite of receiving threats and previous attempts on their lives.[9]


Rajawat was honoured by late President of India APJ Abdul Kalam at the Technology Day function at New Delhi.[10]

Chhavi Rajawat was honoured "Young Indian Leader" by IBNLive.[11]


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