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Fifteenth Lok Sabha Member


Ananth Kumar

Ananth Kumar

Party Name Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
Constituency South Bangalore
State Karnataka
Father's Name Shri H.N. Narayan Shastry
Mother's Name Smt. Girija N. Shastry
Date of Birth 22.07.1959
Place of Birth Bangalore, Karnataka
Profession Political & Social Worker
Marital Status Married
Date of Marriage 15 Feb 1989
Spouse's Name Smt. Tejaswini A.
No. of Children 2
Educational Qualifications

B.A., LL.B. (Spl.)
Educated at K.S. Arts College and
J.S.S. Law College, Karnataka University, Hubli, Karnataka

Permanent Address

No. 84, Shashwati, Ranoji Rao Road
Basavanagudi, Bangalore - 560 004
Karnataka
Phone: 080-26568483,26568484
Fax: 080-26568484

Present Address

26, Tughlak Crescent,
New Delhi - 110 011
Telefax: 011-23794754

E-Mail akumar@sansad.nic.in
Position Held

1982-85
- Secretary, Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarathi Parishad (A.B.V.P.), Karnataka

1985-87
- National Secretary, A.B.V.P.

1987-88
- Secretary, Bharatiya Janata Party (B.J.P.), Karnataka

1988-95
- General Secretary, B.J.P., Karnataka

1995 -98
- National Secretary, B.J.P.

1996
- Elected to 11th Lok Sabha

1996-97
- Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Industry
- Member, Standing Committee, Ministry of Railways

1998
- Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (2nd term)

March 1998- Oct. 1999
- Union Cabinet Minister, Civil Aviation

Jan. 1999-Oct. 1999
- Additional charge, Ministry of Tourism

1999
- Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (3rd term)

13 Oct. 1999 to 2 Feb. 2000
- Union Cabinet Minister, Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports

2 Feb. 2000 to 1 Sept. 2001
- Union Cabinet Minister, Tourism and Culture

1 Sept. 2001- July 2003
- Union Cabinet Minister, Urban Development & Poverty Alleviation with additional charge of Rural Development

26 June 2003
- President, Bharatiya Janata Party, Karnataka

2004
- Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha( 4th term)

August 2004 to 8 March 2007
- Chairman, Committee on Coal & Steel
- Member, General Purposes Committee

November 2004 onwards
- National General Secretary, Bharatiya Janata Party

9 March 2007 onwards
- Chairman, Committee on Finance

March 2007 onwards
- Member, Business Advisory Committee

Social And Cultural Activities

Chief Patron of Adamya Chetana, Smt. Girija Shastry Memorial Trust, which has successfully undertaken the projects:

  1. Annapoorna to provide nutritious mid-day meal to 30,000 children of 150 schools;
  2. Aata-Paatha - a mobile resource facility using innovative and formal methods to make learning fun for both the teacher and taught;
  3. Adoption of Government schools to provide drinking water facility, building renovation, uniforms and health check-ups etc; and
  4. Vocational training programme for under-privileged especially girls and women;

associated with the blood donation site
"http://www.raktadan.org"
aimed to bring blood donors and the needy together

Special Interests

Reading, writing poetry and travelling

Favourite Pastime and Recreation

Sight seeing, star gazing, playing with children

Sports and Clubs

Cricket, badminton, table tennis, chess

Countries Visited

Widely travelled; Member, Indian Parliamentary Delegation to UNESCO Conference on Communication, Information, Education and Culture held at Paris; visited U.S.A. as part of International Exchange Programme; and Special Emissary of the Government of India to hoist the Tri-colour in Washington for the celebration of 51st Year of Indian Independence, August, 1998

Other Information

- Participated in J.P. Movement against Emergency Rule in India, 1975-77;
- Detained for about 40 days;
- Founder President, Aerospace Museum Society, Bangalore, April, 1999;
- State Convenor,

  1. Save Assam Movement, Karnataka, 1983;
  2. International Youth Year, 1985; and
  3. R.S.S. sponsored Drought Relief Committee, Karnataka, 1986;

- Organiser, State and national level conferences and study camps;
- Convenor for many State and University level agitations;
- Member,

  1. Central Silk Board, 1996-97;
  2. Governing Council, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 1996-97 and
  3. Infrastructure Task Force, November 1988