Suresh Prabhu

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Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu
The Union Minister for Commerce & Industry, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu holding a Press Conference on the 3rd meeting of Council for Trade Development and Promotion, in New Delhi on January 08, 2018.jpg
Indian Sherpa to the G20
Assumed office
24 June 2019
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Minister of Civil Aviation
In office
12 March 2018 – 25 May 2019
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byAshok Gajapathi Raju
Succeeded byHardeep Singh Puri
Minister of Commerce and Industry
In office
3 September 2017 – 25 May 2019
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byNirmala Sitharaman
Succeeded byPiyush Goyal
Minister of Railways
In office
9 November 2014 – 3 September 2017
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byD. V. Sadananda Gowda
Succeeded byPiyush Goyal
Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
In office
26 August 2002 – 24 May 2004
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded byManohar Joshi
Succeeded bySantosh Mohan Dev
Minister of Power
In office
30 September 2000 – 25 August 2002
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded byRangarajan Kumaramangalam
Succeeded byAnant Geete
Minister of Fertilizers & Chemicals
In office
13 October 1999 – 29 September 2000
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded byOffice raised to Cabinet rank
Succeeded bySunder Lal Patwa
Minister of Environment and Forests
In office
19 March 1998 – 13 October 1999
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded bySaifuddin Soz
Succeeded byT.R. Baalu
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
Assumed office
22 June 2016
Preceded byNirmala Sitharaman
ConstituencyAndhra Pradesh
In office
29 November 2014 – 21 June 2016
Preceded byRanbir Singh Parjapati
Succeeded byDr. Subhash Chandra
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
15 May 1996 – 18 May 2009
Preceded bySudhir Sawant
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Born (1953-07-11) 11 July 1953 (age 66)
Bombay, Bombay State, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party (2014–present)
Other political
Shiv Sena (before 2014)
Spouse(s)Uma Prabhu (m. 1984)
Children1 (Son)
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra
Alma materUniversity of Mumbai
ProfessionChartered accountant

Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu (born 11 July 1953) is an Indian politician and India's Sherpa to the G20.[1] He was formerly the Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation in the First Modi ministry.[2]

He is a Chartered Accountant by profession and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). Since 1996, Prabhu has been repeatedly elected as a Member of Parliament from Rajapur Lok Sabha constituency in Maharashtra as a member of the Shiv Sena (SS) political party. He quit Shiv Sena and joined the BJP on 9 November 2014. He currently represents Andhra Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha.[3]

Education and career[edit]

Suresh Prabhu Zantye completed his schooling from Sharadashram Vidya Mandir, Dadar, Mumbai, followed by a Bachelor in Commerce with Honours from M. L. Dahanukar College, Vile Parle, Mumbai.[4] He received a Bachelor in Law degree from the New Law College (Ruparel College campus), Mumbai.[5] Prabhu is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He was All India 11th (eleventh) rank holder in CA exam.[4][6][7]

Prabhu has held several government and semi government positions, which includes the Chairmanship of Maharashtra State Finance Commission, Saraswat Co-operative Bank, Member of the Maharashtra Tourism Development Board, among others. He is a part of 16 global organizations and 9 strategic dialogues which include:

  • Global Water Partnership
  • World Economic Forum (WEF)
  • Global Industries Council
  • UN Advisor
  • United Nations Development Program
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
  • Global Forum For Farmers, President
  • Strategic Dialogues
  • Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service
  • Skolkovo Foundation
  • Asia Energy Forum
  • United Nations Committee of Biodiversity
  • World Federation of UNESCO

He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of India’s International Movement to Unite Nations IIMUN.[8]

Political career[edit]

He was, at various times during the Premiership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee from 1998 to 2004, Industry Minister, Minister of Environment and Forests, Minister of Fertilizers & Chemicals, Power, Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises.

Union Power Minister[edit]

As the Union Minister for Power, he won praise for his performance.[3] As Minister of Power, Prabhu introduced major reforms in India's power sector.[9] He is credited with championing and enacting The Electricity Act, 2003 and the reforms that created securitization of dues from the states. He has been elected four times to the Lok Sabha, India's parliament, from Maharashtra since 1996.[3] However, he lost his seat in the 2009 general election.[citation needed]

He was also Chairman of the Task Force for Interlinking of Rivers with a status and rank of Union Cabinet Minister.[3] He was elected a member of the World Bank parliamentary network and chaired the South Asia Water regional group of the World Bank.[10] Asia week rated him as one of three future leaders of India.[11]

As a mark of protest against the cancellation of Narendra Modi's keynote address at the Wharton India Economic Forum 2013, he called off his own visit to the University.[3] The NDA government under the leadership of Narendra Modi appointed him first as the head of a high-level panel on power revamp — "Advisory Group for Integrated Development of Power, Coal and Renewable Energy" in July 2014.[12] In August 2014, he was appointed PM Modi's Sherpa.

Union Railway Minister[edit]

On 9 November 2014, he was sworn-in as Cabinet minister in the Narendra Modi government. He was the Union Railway Minister of India from November 2014 to September 2017.[13][14] He offered his resignation from this position after a disastrous week in which 3 major accidents occurred, with over 300 total casualties. However, PM Modi refused to accept it, instead transferring him to Civil Aviation.

Union Commerce & Industry Minister[edit]

He has been the minister of Commerce and Industry since September 2017. He was elected as Rajya Sabha member from the state of Andhra Pradesh on 3 June 2016.[15]

Union Civil Aviation Minister[edit]

He took the charge as the Union Minister of Civil Aviation on the 10 March 2018 in the Narendra Modi government after the Telugu Desam Party withdrew support to the government.[16]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Uma Prabhu who is a journalist by profession; they have a son, Ameya Prabhu.

Suresh Prabhu currently resides in Delhi and is a native of Medha - Malvan (District - Sindhudurg) Maharashtra.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Suresh Prabhu received the Goud Saraswat Brahmin Samaj Maharatha Award on 18 August 2016.[17][18]

He has constantly featured in the list of top five ministers in India from 2014 to 2017 in terms of both performance and accessibility in nation-wide surveys conducted by various institutions.[19][20]

  • Awarded 'Indian of the Year 2017.[21]
  • Declared “Best Member of Parliament in 13th Lok Sabha” in April 2004 by Aaj Tak, a leading TV Channel in India.
  • Featured amongst top three Indian leaders of the future in the cover story, “Giant on the Move” (Sept 2000 issue) of the Hong Kong based Asiaweek Magazine.
  • Ranked as the 2nd best performing Minister in India Today’s report (dated August 27, 2001) on the performance of key Ministers Of Govt. of India.

Published works[edit]

  • "Students' Unrest" at the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management, Mumbai.
  • "Causes and Consequences of Mass Unemployment of Youths" at the Central Committee for International Voluntary Services (CCIVS), UNESCO, Paris.
  • "Problems of Youth in Third World Countries" at CCIVS, Monrovia (Liberia).
  • "North-South Co-operation",paper read at an international seminar at New Delhi on behalf of Bharat Sevak Samaj.
  • "Contribution of NGO's Towards Peace" - Asian Youth Seminar, New Delhi.
  • Has published several columns on finance and economy in the daily "Mid Day" as well as articles in leading Marathi dailies.
  • He has written extensively on socio-economic issues.

Social Work and interests[edit]

  • Former Chairman, Saraswat Co-operation Bank. (former Chairman).
  • Former Director, National Co-operative Union of India.
  • Chairman, Manav Sadhan Vikas Sansthan, an NGO.
  • Former Chairman, Konkan Kala academy.
  • Former Trustee, Mumbai Marathi Granth Sangrahalaya
  • Former Chairman, Adult Education Institute.
  • Former Chairman, Maharastra State Table Tennis Academy
  • Trustee, Khar Residents Association.
  • Former Trustee, Manavendra Charitable hospital.
  • Former Trustee, IFFCO Foundation.
  • Senior Vice-President, Table Tennis Federation of India (present).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Suresh Prabhu appointed PM Modi's Sherpa for G20- Business News". Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  2. ^ Portfolios of the Union Council of Ministers Prime Minister's Office, Government of India
  3. ^ a b c d e Suresh Prabhu returns to the Cabinet Indian Express (9 November 2014)
  4. ^ a b Suresh Prabhu Biodata India, Accessed on 10 November 2014
  5. ^ "Cabinet reshuffle: Modi government's got talent but is it being fully utilised?", The Economic Times, 10 July 2016
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^
  9. ^ Narendra Modi finds a reform partner in Suresh Prabhu LiveMint (9 November 2014)
  10. ^ Annual Conference of the Parliamentary Network of World Bank Cape Town, The World Bank (2007)
  11. ^ "Executive briefing - Suresh Prabhu". 30 August 2000. Archived from the original on 23 January 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
  12. ^ "Suresh Prabhu to head panel on power". 2 July 2014.
  13. ^ Suresh Prabhu says PM wants condition of railways to change, Parrikar seeks time to get going The Times of India (10 November 2014)
  14. ^ "Modi Cabinet reshuffle: Full list of new council of ministers", The Times of India, 3 September 2017
  15. ^ PTI (3 June 2016). "Suresh Prabhu, Piyush Goyal, P. Chidambaram elected to Rajya Sabha". Retrieved 17 December 2017. External link in |work= (help)
  16. ^ "Suresh Prabhu assumes charge as Civil Aviation Minister - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  17. ^ "Rly. Minister Suresh Prabhu gets Maharatha Award", The Hindu, 19 August 2016
  18. ^ "GSB Maharatna Award for Suresh Prabhu", The Times of India, 19 August 2016
  19. ^ Bureau, ABP News. "Achche din? Report card of PM Modi's top 5 performing ministers". Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  20. ^ "Who are the Best performing ministers in the Narendra Modi government ? - Indian Youth". Indian Youth. 6 April 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  21. ^ "Brands Academy Organized Mega Event "Indian of the Year" - New Delhi".

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