Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia

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Jyotiraditya Scindia
HH Maharaja Jyotiraditya Rao Scindia of Gwalior.jpg
Minister of Power (Independent charge)
In office
28 October 2012 – 25 May 2014
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Preceded by Veerappa Moily
Succeeded by Piyush Goyal
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Guna
Assumed office
Preceded by Madhavrao Scindia
Personal details
Born (1971-01-01) 1 January 1971 (age 47)
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Priyadarshini Raje Scindia
Children 2
Relatives see Scindia family
Residence Jai Vilas Palace, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India
New Delhi, India
Alma mater Harvard University
Stanford Business School
Website jyotiradityamscindia.com

Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia (born 1 January 1971) is an Indian politician. He is related to the Scindia family that once ruled in Gwalior and is a Member of Parliament, representing the Guna constituency in the state of Madhya Pradesh. He is a member of the Indian National Congress political party and was a 'Minister of State with independent charge' (i.e. a junior Minister in the Central Government of India who has independent charge of his ministry) of Power in the cabinet of prime minister Manmohan Singh from October 2012 until May 2014.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Scindia was born on 1 January 1971 in Bombay. His parents were Madhavrao Scindia and Madhavi Raje Scindia. He studied at Campion School in the city and at The Doon School, Dehradun.[3] He studied Economics at Harvard University and graduated in 1993. In 2001, he received an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.[4][5]

Scindia is a grandson of Jivajirao Scindia, the last Maharaja of the 21 Gun Salute Maratha Princely state of Gwalior, who then joined the Dominion of India in 1947, but, like other princes, was allowed to hold on to the titles and privileges of princely India, including an annual remuneration, called the privy purse. Upon his death in 1961, his son, Madhavrao Scindia (Jyotiraditya's father) became the titular Maharajah of Gwalior. However, he was to be the last, as, in the 26th amendment[6] to the Constitution of India promulgated in 1971, the Government of India abolished all official symbols of princely India, including titles, privileges, and privy purses.[7]

He is married to Priyadarshini Raje Scindia of the Gaekwad 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.[8]

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 16 crore (US$3 million) and jewellery worth over 5.7 crore (US$893,760).[9] He has also filed a legal claim to be the sole inheritor of the property belonging to his late father worth 20,000 crore (US$3 billion). However, this has been challenged in court by his aunts.[10]

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,[11][12][13][14] 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.[15]

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.[16][17] 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.[18]

Cricket administrator[edit]

He is chairman of the regional Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) in India.[19] 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.[20]

See also[edit]


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  9. ^ "Patel, Scindia among richest ministers in India". Rediff Business. 10 September 2010. 
  10. ^ Ambreesh Mishra (13 November 2010). "Scindia Feud: Castles in the heir". India Today Magazine. 
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  12. ^ Hriday Sarma and Ruby Russell (31 July 2012). "620 million without power in India after 3 power grids fail". USA Today. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "India's Mass Power Failure Worst Ever in World History". Outlook. Press Trust of India. 1 August 2012. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  14. ^ Sanjay Datta (20 November 2012). "Grid safety tops Montek Singh Ahluwalia's wish list for Jyotiraditya Scindia". 
  15. ^ Anupama Airy (13 May 2013). "India's power grid set to be world's largest". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 18 June 2013. 
  16. ^ Amit Roy (1 January 2006). "Public schools in India woo British Asian pupils". The Telegraph. 
  17. ^ "The Scindia School: Fees and Funding". 2013. Archived from the original on 1 November 2013. 
  18. ^ http://www.dalycollege.org/patrons.html
  19. ^ "MPCA, Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, Indore | Cricket in Madhya Pradesh | Cricket | Indore | MPCA | CK Naidu | Holkar Cricket | Holkar Stadium". Mpcaonline.com. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  20. ^ "Scindia calls for time-frame to complete spot-fixing enquiry". Z-News, India. 24 June 2013. 

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