Thawar Chand Gehlot

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Thawar Chand Gehlot
Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment
Assumed office
26 May 2014
Preceded byKumari Selja
Leader of the House, Rajya Sabha
Assumed office
17 June 2019
Preceded byArun Jaitley
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
Assumed office
3 April 2012
ConstituencyMadhya Pradesh
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded byPhool Chand Verma
Succeeded byconstituency disestablished
ConstituencyShajapur, Madhya Pradesh
Personal details
Born (1948-05-18) 18 May 1948 (age 71)
Nagda, Ujjain, Madhya Bharat (present-day Madhya Pradesh), India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)Anita Gehlot
ResidenceNagda, Ujjain

Dr. Thawar Chand Gehlot (born 18 May 1948) is an Indian politician who currently serves as the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment in the NDA Government. He is currently the leader of the upper house of Indian Parliament. He is the member of Parliamentary Board and Central Election Committee, Bhartiya Janta Party, (5th term) from 2006 to till now.

He is member of the Rajya Sabha, upper house of Indian Parliament, representing the state of Madhya Pradesh. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree from Vikram University, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh[1]. He Awarded Doctorate Degree (Doctor of Literature) in 2016 by Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Social University , Mhow, Madhya Pradesh. He formerly represented Shajapur in the lower house of Indian Parliament, Lok Sabha from 1996 to 2009.[2] He is a member of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and general secretary of the party.[3] Thawar Chand Gehlot belongs to Scheduled Caste.[4][5]

Union Minister[edit]

Gehlot was made the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment (2nd term) on 31 May 2019.Currently he is the Leader of the house,Rajya Sabha.


Work for Labour Area

• 1965-70, worked as a Labour in Grasim Industries, Birla Udyog, Nagda Junction, District Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. • 1965-75, worked as Secretary, in Grasim Engineering Shramik Sangh and Treasurer in Chemical Shramik Sangh


• From 1966 to 1970, remained in judicial custody many times in various movements and kept in Jails. In 1971, remained in Judicial Custody for 10 months in Bhairavgarh Jail, Distt. Ujjain • Went to Jail during Emergency in Bhairavgarh, District Jail, Ujjain from 14th November, 1975 to 06th January, 1976 (total 54 days) due to political and social reasons • Remained under judicial custody many times due to political agitations in Ujjain, Bhopal and Delhi.

Participations in Social , Cultural , Literary, Sport and other Activities:

• Contributed articles in Vidhayani - a quarterly Journal published by Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly. • Made efforts to stop the social and orthodox evils/rituals in the society through Balai Samaj. • Active in the works of upliftment and welfare of the society since 1960. • Swayam Sevak of Rashtriya Sawayamsevak Sangh since 1962. • Participated in Swimming, kabaddi, volleyball and gymnastics • Office bearer of (i) Kabaddi Association (ii) Shivaji Kreeda Mandal, Nagda, Ujjain. • Interest in Cultural Programs. • Completed 310 km padyatra in 11 days to promote Literacy in 1991 in Aalot Vidhan Sabha Constituency

Countries Visited :

• U.S.A : Represented as a member of Indian Parliamentary Delegation to United Nations in 1998 and 2007. • Durban, South Africa, 2001: To attend a Conference against colour/discrimation. • China : Study Tour with the BJP Delegation in 2012. • Australia : Study Tour, as a Indian Parliamentary Delegation in 2013. • Jordon, Israel & Philistine : Accompanied with the President of India on official visit, in October 2015 • Participated 23rd International Rehabilitation Conference at Edinburgh (Scotland) and visited Dr. Ambedkar Memorial Home at London (United Kingdom) in October 2016. • Participated in High Level Intergovernmental Meeting on Midpoint Review of the Asian & Pacific Decades of PwDs at Beijing in 27 November to 01 December, 2017 • Participated in Global Disability Summit co-hosted by Republic of Kenya with UK and International Disability Alliance at London in 23-24 July 2018 • Participated in 3rd Asian-Europe Meeting Conference on Global Ageing and Human Rights of Older Persons in Seoul, Korea in 5-7 September, 2018 • Participated in Global Disability Summit-2019 held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 6-8 June 2019


  1. ^ "Minister Bio Data" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Thawar Chand Gehlot: The Scheduled Caste face in Narendra Modi's cabinet: India, News – The Economic Times". 31 May 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  3. ^ BJP National office bearers, National Office bearers. "National office bearers".
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  6. ^ "PM Modi allocates portfolios. Full list of new ministers", Live Mint, 31 May 2019
Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Phool Chand Verma
Member of Parliament
for Shajapur

Succeeded by
Constituency dissolved
Political offices
Preceded by
Selja Kumari
Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment
26 May 2014 - Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Arun Jaitley
Leader of the House of the Rajya Sabha
12 June 2019 - Present
Succeeded by

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