Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia (born 1 January 1971) is an Indian politician. He is from the Scindia family that once ruled in Gwalior and is a former Member of Parliament, representing the Guna constituency in the state of Madhya Pradesh. He is a member of the Indian National Congress political party and was a Minister of State with independent charge for Power in the cabinet of prime minister Manmohan Singh from October 2012 until May 2014.
Scindia at the India Economic Summit in 2009
|Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha|
|Preceded by||Madhavrao Scindia|
|Succeeded by||Dr. K. P. Yadav|
All India Congress Committee for Uttar Pradesh West
23 January 2019 – 7 July 2019
|Minister of Power (Independent charge)|
28 October 2012 – 25 May 2014
|Prime Minister||Manmohan Singh|
|Preceded by||Veerappa Moily|
|Succeeded by||Piyush Goyal|
|Titular Maharaja of Gwalior|
|Assumed office |
30 September 2001
|Preceded by||Madhavrao Scindia|
|Born||1 January 1971|
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Spouse(s)||Priyadarshini Raje Scindia|
|Relatives||Madhavrao Scindia see Scindia family|
|Residence||Jai Vilas Palace, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India|
New Delhi, India
|Alma mater||The Doon School|
Stanford Business School
Early life and educationEdit
Scindia was born on 1 January 1971 in Bombay. His parents were Madhavrao Scindia and Madhavi Raje Scindia who is once upon a time ruler of Gwalior they are maratha princely state. He studied at Campion School in the city and at The Doon School, Dehradun. In 1993, he graduated with an A.B. degree in Economics from Harvard College, the undergraduate liberal arts college of Harvard University. In 2001, he received an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Scindia is a grandson of Jivajirao Scindia, the last maharaja of the princely state of Gwalior, who then joined the Dominion of India in 1947, but, like other princes, was allowed to hold on to the titles and privileges of princely India, including an annual remuneration, called the privy purse. Upon his death in 1961, his son, Madhavrao Scindia (Jyotiraditya's father) became the titular Maharajah of Gwalior. However, he was to be the last, as, in the 26th amendment to the Constitution of India promulgated in 1971, the Government of India abolished all official symbols of princely India, including titles, privileges, and privy purses.
His mother Madhavi Raje Scindia (Kiran Rajya Lakshmi Devi) was great-granddaughter of Prime Minister of Nepal and Maharaja of Kaski and Lamjung Juddha Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana, a patrilineal descendant of Sardar Ramakrishna Kunwar of Gorkha. He is married to Priyadarshini Raje Scindia of the Gaekwad family of Baroda. who is Maratha Princely state.
On 30 September 2001, the Guna constituency fell vacant due to the death of Scindia's father, the sitting MP, in a airplane crash in Uttar Pradesh. On 18 December, he formally joined the Indian National Congress party and pledged to uphold the "secular, liberal and social justice values" of his father.
On 19 January 2002, Scindia filed his nomination paper to contest the upcoming by-election from Guna constituency. He promised to dedicate himself for development of constituency and well being of the citizens during his election campaign. On 24 February, he won the election and defeated his nearest rival, Desh Raj Singh Yadav of the Bharatiya Janata Party by a margin of approximately 450,000 votes.
He was re-elected in May 2004, and was introduced to the Union Council of Ministers in 2007 as Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology. He was then re-elected in 2009 for a third consecutive term and became Minister of State for Commerce and Industry. Later, he became Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power.
Scindia was appointed Minister of State for Power in November 2012 in a cabinet reshuffle which drafted a number of younger politicians into the Indian cabinet, including two other scions of princely families, R. P. N. Singh and Jitendra Singh.
Scindia was among the richest ministers in the UPA government with assets nearly Rs. 25 crore ($5 million). It included investments in Indian and foreign securities worth over ₹16 crore (US$2 million) and jewellery worth over ₹5.7 crore (US$824,511). He has also filed a legal claim to be the sole inheritor of the property belonging to his late father worth ₹20,000 crore (US$3 billion). However, this has been challenged in court by his aunts.
Scindia was tasked by the Indian Planning Commission with preventing a repetition of the July 2012 India blackout, the largest power outage in history, which affected over 620 million people, about 9% of the world population, In May 2013, Scindia claimed that checks and balances had been put in place to prevent any recurrence of grid collapse and that India would have the world's largest integrated grid by January 2014.
Scindia is President of the Board of Governors of Scindia School, Gwalior, which was founded by his great-grandfather, Madho Rao Scindia, in 1897 for schooling the sons of Indian princes and nobles. In 1947, the school opened its doors to the public. He is also a hereditary patron of Daly College, Indore, which was established in 1882 to educate the children of the royalty, nobility and aristocracy of Central Indian princely states.
In 2019 Lok Sabha Election Jyotiraditya Scindia lost from his family bastion Guna which is won by his father and grandmother. He survived 2014 Modi wave and won by more than 1 Lakh votes.
He is chairman of the regional Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) in India. After the spot fixing scandal in Indian Premier League exploded in the Indian media and subsequently Sanjay Jagdale, a member of the MPCA resigned from his job as secretary from the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Scindia spoke out against corruption in Indian cricket.
|Ancestors of Jyotiraditya Scindia|
Jyotiraditya ScindiaBorn: 1 January 1971
Jivaji Rao Scindia
|— TITULAR —|
Maharaja of Gwalior
Reason for succession failure:
Monarchy abolished in 1948, and title, privileges, and privy purses abolished in 1971
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