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
President of the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee
Assumed office
13 January 2014
National President Rahul Gandhi (2017-present)
Sonia Gandhi (till 2017)
Preceded by C. P. Joshi
Minister of Corporate Affairs
In office
28 October 2012 – 17 May 2014
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Preceded by Veerappa Moily
Succeeded by Arun Jaitley
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Ajmer
In office
16 May 2009 – 17 May 2014
Preceded by Rasa Singh Rawat
Succeeded by Sanwar Lal Jat
Personal details
Born Sachin Rajesh Pilot
(1977-09-07) 7 September 1977 (age 41)
Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Nationality Indian
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Sarah Pilot
Children Aaran Pilot
Vehaan Pilot
Parents Rajesh Pilot (father)
Rama Pilot (mother)
Residence New Delhi, India
Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
Alma mater University of Delhi (B.A.)
University of Pennsylvania (M.B.A.)
Profession Politician, Army officer

Sachin Rajesh Pilot (born 7 September 1977) is a politician and a member of the Indian National Congress. He was a member of the Indian Parliament at the 15th Lok Sabha, representing the Ajmer constituency of Rajasthan. He was also the Minister of Corporate Affairs in the Second Manmohan Singh ministry and is currently the President of the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee.

Early life[edit]

Pilot was born in Saharanpur city in Uttar Pradesh in a Gurjar family . He is the son of the 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.[1][2]

He was employed with the Delhi Bureau of the British Broadcasting Corporation[3] and then with American multinational corporation General Motors for two years.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Pilot married Sara Abdullah on 15 January 2004. Sara Abdullah is the daughter of Farooq Abdullah, the National Conference and ex-Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.[5] Together they have two sons, Aaran and Vehaan.[6][7] Currently, Sachin Pilot and Sara Pilot live in Ghaziabad.[8]

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 Bharatiya Janata Party's Kiran Maheshwari by a margin of 76,000 votes and won the seat of Ajmer.[9]

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

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, 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. [10] 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."[10]

Controversy[edit]

Paradise Papers[edit]

In November 2017 an investigation conducted by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalism cited his name in the list of politicians named in "Paradise Papers" allegations.[11]

Books published[edit]

  • Rajesh Pilot: In Spirit Forever, co-authored with sister Sarika Pilot.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fifteenth Lok Sabha Members Bioprofile - Sachin Pilot". loksabha.nic. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Lok Sabha 2009 Winner -Ajmer (RAJASTHAN): Sachin Pilot". myneta.info. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "I wanted to be an Air Force pilot: Sachin Pilot". Rediff.com. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Sachin Pilot". Indiatoday. 18 March 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Ismat Tahseen (25 July 2010). "I don't take advantage of my surname: Sara Pilot". DNAindia.com. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sachin Pilot shows assets worth Rs 4.5 crore - Times of India". IndiaTimes.com. Retrieved 8 July 2017. 
  7. ^ "A Football match by Cequin". photogallery.IndiaTimes.com. Retrieved 8 July 2017. 
  8. ^ Sarah Abdullah and Sachin Pilot .(2008-11-06). Retrieved on 5 April 2012.
  9. ^ Sachin 'pilots' Congress to victory – Times Of India.| Timesofindia.indiatimes.com (2009-05-18). Retrieved on 5 April 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Sachin Pilot commissioned as Territorial Army officer - Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". DNAIndia.com. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2017. 
  11. ^ "Explore The Politicians in the Paradise Papers - ICIJ". ICIJ. Retrieved 2017-12-06. 
  12. ^ Pilot takes off

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