Prakash Javadekar

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Prakash Javadekar
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Minister of Information & Broadcasting [1]
In office
26 May 2014 – 9 November 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Manish Tewari
Succeeded by Arun Jaitley
MoS for Parliamentry Affairs[2][3]
Assumed office
26 May 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Minister for Environment and Forests[4]
Assumed office
26 May 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Jayanthi Natarajan
Personal details
Born (1951-01-30) January 30, 1951 (age 64)
Political party Bhartiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Prachee Prakash Javadekar
Children 2
Occupation Politician
Website Prakash Javdekar Website

Prakash Javadekar (Marathi: प्रकाश जावडेकर) (born January 30, 1951) is an Indian politician and Member of Parliament Rajya Sabha[5] and a leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He was elected to Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra in 2008.[6] He is the official spokesperson of the BJP.[7] Javadekar is the incumbent Union Minister of State (Independent Charge)[8] in the Government of India. He holds the portfolios of Environment and Forests and Parliamentary Affairs.[9][10][11]

Early life[edit]

He was born in Pune in the Brahmin family[12] of Shri Keshav Krishna Javadekar and Ranjani Javadekar, a school teacher. He studied B.Com. from Pune. He was associated with ABVP from student days.

He worked with Bank of Maharashtra for 10 years from 1971– 1981. He also worked in Rural Development Dept. Sick Unit Cell, Employment Promotion Pragramme of the Bank.[citation needed]

His father Keshav Krishna Javadekar was a senior leader of Hindu Maha Sabha and even lead its Pune unit as its President. His father was friend and follower of Veer Savarkar. He worked as joint editor of Marathi Daily started by Lokmanya Tilak - Kesari before having stints with some other newspapers like Tarun Bharat, Kaal as journalist. He still occasionally writes his thoughts in some newspapers. His mother is from Konkan region and was one of the first educated women from her area. Nowadays she conducts free classes of Vedic education for women.[citation needed]

Positions held[edit]


  • Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge)
  • Member of Parliament of India
  • National Spokesperson, Bharatiya Janata Party
  • President, GLOBE India (Global Legislators Organisation for Balanced Environment)
  • In-Charge, BJP Economic Forum and Cells related to Economy
  • President, NOINO (National Organisation of Insurance Officers)
  • President, KCKU (Khadi Commission Karmachari Union)[7]


Previous posts held[edit]

Executive President, State Planning Board, Maharashtra (1995–1999) Member of Legislative Council - Maharashtra from Pune Division Graduate Constituency for 12 yrs (1990–2002) Chairman, Task Force on IT, Govt. of Maharashtra (1977–1999) Chairman, Working Group on "IT for Masses" Govt. of India (2000)[7]

Emergency days[edit]

Prakash Javadekar was a student political activist with the ABVP during emergency. He was arrested along with other students during emergency for leading a student movement in Pune.[citation needed]

Complaint in Coal Mining Scam[edit]

Main article: Coal Mining Scam

On 31 May 2012 based on his complaint about various irregularities in coal mining, Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) directed a CBI enquiry. Reacting to this he said, "We have made a formal complaint to CVC because there were so may glaring lacunae which needed to be probed. If the inquiry has been ordered, it's good."[13][14]

Personal life[edit]

Prakash has a sister who is MA BEd and is working as a school teacher and one brother who is BCom working in central bank.[citation needed]

His wife is Dr. Prachee Javadekar who is a former Director of Indira Institute of Management, Pune and a leading Education Consultant. He has two sons. First Dr. Ashutosh Javadekar is a Dentist and Artist. Second Apoorva Javadekar is B.Com., CA, FCA and MA (Economics), DSE MSC Financial Engineering, London and Pursuing PhD in Economics from Boston University.[7]


  • "Sir Purshottam Das Thakur Memorial" National Award, for research Papers on "Rural Development & Banks role in Co-ordinated approach".
  • Led delegation to Boston to Negotiate Media Lab Asia Project (2000)[7]