Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia

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Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia
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J. Scindia (2012)
Union Minister of State – Ministry of Power
In office
28 October 2012 – 25 May 2014
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Preceded by Veerappa Moily
Succeeded by Piyush Goyal
Constituency Guna
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Guna
Assumed office
Preceded by Madhavrao Scindia
Personal details
Born (1971-01-01) 1 January 1971 (age 44)
Bombay, Maharashtra
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Priyadarshini Raje Scindia
Children 1 son and 1 daughter
Residence Jai Vilas Mahal, Gwalior
Alma mater Harvard University
Stanford Business School
Religion Hinduism
Website Jyotiradityamscindia.com

Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia born 1 January 1971 in Bombay, Maharashtra is an Indian politician. He is a Member of Parliament,representing the Guna constituency in the state of Madhya Pradesh and a member of the Indian National Congress party.He was the Union Minister of State for the Ministry of Power.[1][2]

He is the titular 'Maharaja of Gwalior' being the descendant of the Scindia rulers of Gwalior State, a former 21-Gun Salute Maratha Princely state in the British Indian Empire.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

Early life[edit]

Scindia was born in Mumbai to Madhavrao Scindia and Madhavi Raje Scindia. He studied at Campion School in the city and at The Doon School, Dehradun.[11] He studied Economics at Harvard University and graduated in 1993. In 2001, he received a M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.[12][13]

Scindia is a grandson of George Jivajirao Scindia, the Maharaja of the 21-Gun Salute Maratha Princely state of Gwalior which acceded to the Dominion of India, for this he was then made the first Rajpramukh of Madhya Bharat. However, in the 26th amendment[14] to the Constitution of India promulgated in 1971, the Government of India abolished all official symbols of princely India, including titles, privileges, and remuneration (privy purses).[15] He is married to Priyadarshini Raje Scindia of the Gaekwad royal family of Baroda.

Political career[edit]

Scindia was elected to the Lok Sabha (Lower House of the Indian Parliament) in February 2002 from Guna District - formerly represented by his father.[citation needed] He was re-elected in May 2004,[citation needed] and was introduced to the Union Council of Ministers in 2007 as Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology. He was then re-elected in 2009 for a third consecutive term and became Minister of State for Commerce and Industry. Later, he became Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power.[citation needed]

Scindia was appointed Minister of State for Power in November 2012 in a cabinet reshuffle which drafted a number of younger politicians into the Indian cabinet, including two other scions of princely families, R. P. N. Singh and Jitendra Singh.[16]

Scindia was among the richest ministers in the UPA government with assets nearly Rs. 25 crore ($5 million). It included investments in Indian and foreign securities worth over Rs 16 crore ($3 million) and jewellery worth over Rs 5.7 crore ($1.1 million).[17] He has also filed a legal claim to be the sole inheritor of the property belonging to his late father worth Rs 20,000 crores. However, this has been challenged in court by his aunts.[18]

Scindia was tasked by the Indian Planning Commission with preventing a repetition of the July 2012 India blackout, the largest power outage in history, which affected over 620 million people, about 9% of the world population,[19][20][21][22] In May 2013, Scindia claimed that checks and balances had been put in place to prevent any recurrence of grid collapse and that India would have the world's largest integrated grid by January 2014.[23]

Scindia is President of the Board of Governors of Scindia School, Gwalior, which was founded by his great-grandfather, Madho Rao Scindia, in 1897 for schooling the sons of Indian princes and nobles. In 1947, the school opened its doors to the public.[24][25] He is also a hereditary patron of Daly College, Indore, which was established in 1882 to educate the children of the royalty, nobility and aristocracy of Central Indian princely states.[26]

Cricket administrator[edit]

He is president of the regional Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) in India.[27] After the spot fixing scandal in Indian Premier League exploded in the Indian media and subsequently Sanjay Jagdale, a member of the MPCA resigned from his job as secretary from the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Scindia spoke out against corruption in Indian cricket.[28]

Net worth[edit]

In the election affidavit signed in 2009, Scindia declared that he possesed assets worth ₹ 25 million ($ 3.76 million) which included investments in both Indian and foreign soil with Rediff writing that he is one of the "richest ministers in India".[29] His 2014 election affidavit showed Scindia to be owner of ₹ 32.64 crore ($ 4.91 million). His annual income was shown to be ₹ 4 million ($0.6 million) and he owned 625 gm of gold.[30]

Political activities and Achievements[edit]

  • 2002: Elected to the 13th Lok Sabha from the Guna constituency
  • 2002: Member of Committee on Finance & Committee on External Affairs
  • 2004: Re-elected to the 14th Lok Sabha.
  • 2004: Member of Committee on Estimates, Committee on Petitions, Committee on Defence, and Committee on Finance.
  • 2008: Minister of State for Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.
  • 2009: Re-elected to the 15th Lok Sabha.
  • 2009: Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry.
  • 2012: Union Minister of State for Power.
  • 2013: Indian Planning Commission appointed Scindia to prevent the power blackout of July 2012 from happening again. July 2012 was marked by the largest grid collapse, affecting over 620 million people. Scindia in May 2013 assured that India would have the largest integrated grid in the world by January 2014 as the required actions had been taken.[31][32]

See also[edit]


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