Vinay Prabhakar Sahasrabuddhe is an Indian politician. He was a Member of the Parliament of India and represented the state of Maharashtra in the Rajya Sabha from 2016-22. He has also served as National Vice President of Bharatiya Janata Party from August 2014 – September 2020.[2] Dr. Sahasrabuddhe, since 2018 has been appointed as President of Indian Council for Cultural Relations.[3] He is known as a political scholar[4] and an occasional columnist.[5] He is the Vice Chairman of Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini, a research and training academy for elected representatives & social activists.[6] As Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), he has also served as the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education, Women, Children and Youth & Sports.[7][8] He is regarded as one of the foremost intellectuals[9] from the BJP, the ruling party in the Central Government and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a Hindu Nationalist organization.

Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe
President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations [1]
Assumed office
1 January 2018
Preceded byLokesh Chandra
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
5 July 2016 – 5 July 2022
Succeeded byAnil Sukhdevrao Bonde
Personal details
Born (1957-11-10) 10 November 1957 (age 66)
Nashik, Bombay State, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
SpouseNayana Sahasrabuddhe
Alma materUniversity of Pune

Early life and education edit

Dr. Sahasrabuddhe was born in a middle-class Marathi family on 10 November 1957 in Nashik. He started his schooling in Dhule, a native place of Sahasrabuddhes and later at Trimbak Vidya Mandir near Nashik.[10] While in 4th standard, he gave a competitive examination and got selected for Government Public School, Nashik (Shaskiya Vidya Niketan).

In February 2009, Sahasrabuddhe was awarded a Ph.D. for his thesis, for his thesis "Political Parties as Victims of Populism and Electoral Compulsions: A Quest for Systemic Solutions", by the University of Mumbai.[11]

Political career edit

He started his career in public life with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), a student's organization ideologically connected with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He worked as a full-time activist of ABVP during 1983 to 1985.[12] He also served as ABVP's National Secretary between 1985 and 1987. In 1988, Sahasrabuddhe joined Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini(RMP) as its first principal functionary. Later he served the organisation as Director General between 2000 - 2016. For over 18 years, he was a Member of Senate of the University of Mumbai.[13] He also served as Member of the Board of Governors of Sardar Patel Institute of Public Administration in Ahmedabad.[14] In May 2002, he led a Goodwill Mission of Indian Voluntary Organisations to Afghanistan.[15]

He is a senior BJP leader and behind the scene, he is considered as one of the key members of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s think tank.[16][17][18] When Nitin Gadkari was appointed as President of BJP in the year 2009, Sahasrabuddhe served as Gadkari's Political Advisor.[19] Within BJP, he initiated training programs for ministers from BJP-ruled states.[20] In March 2012, his name was in news as one of the contenders for the Rajya Sabha nomination from the BJP for a seat vacated by BJP veteran late Balavant Apte.[21] He was the member of BJP's Vision Document Committee for the 2014 Indian general election and later member of the manifesto committee in 2019.[22] Vinay Sahasrabuddhe was also In-Charge of BJP, Madhya Pradesh. Dr. Sahasrabuddhe was also In-charge of BJP's Good Governance Department for a long time.

Literary works edit

Dr. Sahasrabuddhe co-authored a book called The Innovation Republic, outlining key Governance Innovations during the first tenure of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. He has also authored a book Beyond A Billion Ballots,[23] which was first published on 27 June 2013 in Mumbai.[24] The book also launched at New Delhi at the hands of Former Chief Election Commissioner of India Dr. SY Quraishi.[25] He has been an occasional contributor to many English and Marathi language newspapers and weeklies.[26][27][28][29] He has also authored few Books in Marathi language which includes Ekaki Purvanchal, a book on North-East states of India.[30] In 1998, Sahasrabuddhe received the award for best literary work from the Government of Maharashtra for his co-edited work Nivadak Manoos, a book in Marathi language.[31]

References edit

  1. ^ "Piyush Goyal, Chidambaram, Suresh Prabhu, Sharad Yadav elected to Rajya Sabha". The Economic Times. 3 June 2016.
  2. ^ Vinay, Sahasrabuddhe. "BJP's National Office Bearers". Archived from the original on 22 October 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  3. ^ "President appoints BJP leader Vinay Sahasrabuddhe as Indian Council of Cultural Relations President". The New Indian Express. 29 December 2017.
  4. ^ Sahasrabuddhe, Vinay (July 2009). Political Parties as Voluntary Social Service Organisations: Alternative Processes of Recruitment for Quality Participation in Political Parties in India (PDF). Learning Democracy by Doing: Alternative Practices in Citizenship Education and Participatory Democracy. Transformative Learning Centre, Ontaro Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. p. 492. Archived (PDF) from the original on 4 September 2022. Section 5: Learning Democracy in Social Movements and Political Parties.
  5. ^ "List of articles on NDTV".
  6. ^ "List of Managing Committee given on RMP website". Archived from the original on 5 November 2016. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  7. ^ Sahasrabuddhe, Vinay (9 June 2014). "Those Hard Thinking Caps Realigned". Outlook Magazine.
  8. ^ Sahasrabuddhe, Vinay. "Board of Directors PPRC". Archived from the original on 7 January 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  9. ^ Shukla, Srijan (30 December 2019). "How the Right is tackling Left's intellectual hegemony in Delhi — one think-tank at a time". ThePrint. Retrieved 30 January 2023.
  10. ^ "Vinay Sahasrabuddhe".
  11. ^ "As per the profile given on PPRC website". Archived from the original on 6 May 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  12. ^ "The rise and rise of ABVP's stars". The Economic Times. 5 April 2010. Archived from the original on 13 July 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  13. ^ "Vinay Sahasrabuddhe's introduction on IBN LIVE website". IBN Live. 24 March 2009. Archived from the original on 10 February 2012.
  14. ^ "Minutes of the Meeting of Board of Governors" (PDF).
  15. ^ "Kabul sends SOS for Indian professionals". The Times of India. 18 May 2002. Archived from the original on 28 August 2013.
  16. ^ "Man who showed RSS modern ways is Gadkari's guide now". DNA. 2 February 2010.
  17. ^ "Vinay Sahasrabuddhe's introduction given in Outlook Magazine's article". Outlook. 25 January 2010.
  18. ^ "BJP launches its own think tank". The New Indian Express. 22 October 2013. Archived from the original on 22 October 2013.
  19. ^ "Parrikar, Sahasrabuddhe in Gadkari team". Indian Express. 24 December 2009.
  20. ^ "BJP to send ministers to 'school for governance". The Economics Times. 10 November 2006.
  21. ^ "Family's party ties, his Gadkari link helped Sancheti get RS ticket". Indian Express. 21 March 2012.
  22. ^ "BJP's team for 2014 announced; several top party leaders to assist Modi". Dainik Jagran. 20 July 2013.
  23. ^ Sahasrabuddhe, Vinay (15 July 2014). Beyond a Billion Ballots: Democratic Reforms for a Resurgent India. Wisdom Tree. ISBN 978-81-8328-322-9.
  24. ^ "Shri Narendra Modi at the launch of book, "Beyond a Billion Ballots". FirstPost. 30 July 2012. Archived from the original on 8 September 2014.
  25. ^ "By the ballot". The Hindu. 16 October 2013.
  26. ^ "Articles of Vinay Sahasrabuddhe in The Asian Age".
  27. ^ "Think, feel, live like a woman. Article by Vinay Sahasrabuddhe". Deccan Herald. 9 January 2013. Archived from the original on 24 May 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  28. ^ "Common ethos vs small identities. Article by Vinay Sahasrabuddhe". DNA. 22 September 2010.
  29. ^ "At 60, Parliament must rejuvenate". The Pioneer. 11 May 2012. Archived from the original on 28 August 2013.
  30. ^ Sahasrabuddhe, Vinay (1988). Listing on Google Books.
  31. ^ "Printed word still influential: says Tendulkar". DNA. 22 February 1998.

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