Sachin Pilot

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Sachin Pilot

Sachin Pilot at the India Economic Summit 2010 cropped.jpg
Pilot at the World Economic Forum's India Economic Summit, 2010
5th Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan
Assumed office
17 December 2018
GovernorKalyan Singh
Chief MinisterAshok Gehlot
Preceded byKamla Beniwal (2003)
President of the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee
Assumed office
13 January 2014
National PresidentRahul Gandhi (2017–present)
Sonia Gandhi (till 2017)
Preceded byC. P. Joshi
Minister of Corporate Affairs
In office
29 October 2012 – 26 May 2014
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
Preceded byPrem Chand Gupta
Succeeded byArun Jaitley
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Ajmer
In office
16 May 2009 – 17 May 2014
Preceded byRasa Singh Rawat
Succeeded bySanwar Lal Jat
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Dausa
In office
17 May 2004 – 16 May 2009
Preceded byRama Pilot
Succeeded byKirodi Lal Meena
Personal details
Sachin Rajesh Pilot

(1977-09-07) 7 September 1977 (age 41)
Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Political partyIndian National Congress
Sara Pilot (m. 2004)
ParentsRajesh Pilot (father)
Rama Pilot (mother)
Alma materUniversity of Delhi (B.A.)
University of Pennsylvania (M.B.A.)

Sachin Pilot (born 7 September 1977) is an Indian politician who is currently serving as the Deputy Chief Minister of the state of Rajasthan and as the President of the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee. As member of the Congress party, he has represented the Tonk assembly seat in Rajasthan since 2018.

He was previously a member of the Indian Parliament for the Ajmer and Dausa constituencies of Rajasthan, becoming the youngest member of parliament when he was elected from the latter seat in 2004, aged 26.[1] He was also the Minister of Corporate Affairs in the Second Manmohan Singh Ministry.

Early life[edit]

Pilot was born in Saharanpur city of Uttar Pradesh. He is the son of the late Congress leader Rajesh Pilot and Rama Pilot. His father was a Union minister of India. His ancestral village is Vaidpura in Noida.[citation needed]

He studied at Air Force Bal Bharati School, New Delhi, and holds a B.A. from St. Stephens College, University of Delhi, a diploma in marketing from I.M.T. Ghaziabad and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.[2][3]

He was employed with the Delhi Bureau of the British Broadcasting Corporation[4] and then with American multinational corporation General Motors for two years.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Sachin Pilot married Sara Abdullah on 15 January 2004. Sara Abdullah is the daughter of Farooq Abdullah, chairman of Jammu & Kashmir National Conference and ex-Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.[6] Together they have two sons, Aaran and Vehaan.[7][8] Currently, Sachin Pilot and Sara Pilot live in Ghaziabad.[9]

Political life[edit]

He is the son of a senior politician Rajesh Pilot. Pilot was a member of the Lok Sabha's Standing Committee on Home Affairs and member of the Consultative Committee in the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, he defeated the Bharatiya Janata Party's Kiran Maheshwari by a margin of 76,000 votes and won the seat of Ajmer.[10]

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he was again nominated from the Ajmer constituency and was defeated by a margin of 1,71,983 votes by Bharatiya Janata Party's sitting MLA Sanwarlal Jat.

In the 2018 Legislative Assembly elections, Pilot won from the Tonk seat, after defeating Yunus Khan by a margin of 54,179 votes.[11] On 17 December 2018, he was sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan under Ashok Gehlot.

Paradise Papers[edit]

He was one among the 714 Indians mentioned in the Paradise Papers tax evasion.[12]

Army service[edit]

Sachin Pilot on 6 September 2012 became the first Union minister of India to be commissioned as an officer in the Territorial Army (India), fulfilling his desire to follow his father's footsteps to be in the armed forces. He is therefore known as Lieutenant Pilot for being an officer in the Territorial Army (India). [13] After being commissioned he said, "This has been my desire to join the army for very long as I wanted to have my links with the armed forces, like my father and grandfather. I am honoured to be part of this family."[13]

Books published[edit]

  • Rajesh Pilot: In Spirit Forever, co-authored with sister Sarika Pilot.[14]


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  2. ^ "Fifteenth Lok Sabha Members Bioprofile - Sachin Pilot". loksabha.nic. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Lok Sabha 2009 Winner -Ajmer (RAJASTHAN): Sachin Pilot". Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  4. ^ "I wanted to be an Air Force pilot: Sachin Pilot". 30 March 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Sachin Pilot". Indiatoday. 18 March 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  6. ^ Ismat Tahseen (25 July 2010). "I don't take advantage of my surname: Sara Pilot". Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Sachin Pilot shows assets worth Rs 4.5 crore - Times of India". Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  8. ^ "A Football match by Cequin". Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  9. ^ Sarah Abdullah and Sachin Pilot .(2008-11-06). Retrieved on 5 April 2012.
  10. ^ Sachin 'pilots' Congress to victory – Times Of India.| (2009-05-18). Retrieved on 5 April 2012.
  11. ^ "Rajasthan Elections: Sachin Pilot Wins Tonk By Over 54,000 Votes". Huffington Post. 11 December 2018. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Paradise Papers reveal 714 Indians on tax haven list: How corporations, politicians and celebs stash wealth". Firstpost. 8 November 2017. Archived from the original on 2 May 2019. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  13. ^ a b "Sachin Pilot commissioned as Territorial Army officer - Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". 6 September 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  14. ^ Pilot takes off

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