Rajnath Singh was born on July 10, 1951, and is the current Defence Minister of India. He served as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and a Cabinet Minister in the Vajpayee Government, and also served as the Home Minister in the First Modi Ministry. Two-time BJP President Rajnath Singh is an advocate for Hinduism.
Two times he was a member of parliament for Lucknow (Lok Sabha constituency) and once from Ghaziabad (Lok Sabha constituency). He was also an active member of state politics and remained MLA for Haidergarh (assembly constituency) twice.
Rajnath Singh was born in a village called Bhabhaura, located in the state of Uttar Pradesh. He is the son of Ram Badan Singh and Gujarati Devi. When he was younger, Rajnath wanted to help the people of his country, so he entered into higher education at university and became a lecturer in physics. Rajnath has one brother, Jaipal Singh
Following his basic education in the village, he received his MSc in Physics degree from Gorakhpur University at UP. He worked as a lecturer in Physics.
In 1964, he joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh at the age of 13 and remained connected to the organization until 1972, when he became Mirzapur's Shakha Karavah (General Secretary). Two years later, in 1974, he became an activist in the RSS. Between 1969 and 1971, he was the secretary of Gorakhpur's Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. In 1972, he became the RSS branch's general secretary in Mirzapur.
The Bharatiya Jana Sangh, the predecessor of the Bharatiya Janata Party, appointed him secretary in 1974.
At the age of 24, Singh was appointed District President of the Jana Sangh. In 1977, he was elected Member of the Legislative Assembly from Mirzapur. At that time, he had been influenced by the Jayaprakash Narayan Movement and joined Janata Party. Singh was also arrested during National Emergency in 1975 for being associated with JP Movement and detained for a total of two years. He was released and re-elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly. Following this, he cultivated an image as a leader of youths.
When he gained popularity in state politics, he joined the BJP in 1980 and was a founding member. In 1984, he became the State President of the BJP youth wing, the national general secretary in 1986, and the national president in 1988. As a member of the Uttar Pradesh legislative council, he was also elected.
In 1991, when Bharatiya Janata Party made its government in Uttar Pradesh for the first time, he was appointed as the Education Minister. The Anti-Copying Act, of 1992, which made copying a non-bailable offense, modernized science texts, and incorporated Vedic mathematics into the syllabus were among his major accomplishments as Education Minister.
As a loyal member of RSS, a culturalist organization, he rewrote history texts and incorporated Vedic Mathematics into the syllabus in 1991. His actions were considered a move by the Sangh. Furthermore, he emphasized the importance of reviving our modern tongue language instead of foreign languages, and he also valued knowledge of modern languages.
After being elected to the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parliament) in April 1994, he joined the Advisory Committee for Industry (1994–96), Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Agriculture, Business Advisory Committee, House Committee, and Human Resource Development Committee. He became the President of the BJP's Uttar Pradesh unit on 25 March 1997, and he became the Union Cabinet Minister for Surface Transport in 1999.
In 2000, he became the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and was twice elected as MLA from Haidergarh in 2001 and 2002. He was appointed as the Chief Minister because, for a very long time, he had made an image among people due to his ground-level effect from long back in the times of 1970s in the JP Movement he was also the education minister in Kalyan Singh's ministry and was also active in state politics. At that time there were many leaders of the BJP from Uttar Pradesh, but very few had strong support at the ground level. He was at that time very much close to Atal Bihari Vajpayee and had a very clean image among the people of the state.
While the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Singh had accused the Samajwadi Party of providing jobs only to a certain community. He had said that job discrimination in the state must stop. To rationalize the reservation system in government jobs, he introduced the most backward classes among the OBC and SC, so that the benefit of reservation could reach even those with the lowest social status.
When Singh became the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh in 2000, he focused first on the law and order of the state. At that time Uttar Pradesh was on top of the list of States of India in Crime and Law and Order lacked a lot. While he had done some good work on law reforms, they were not applicable on the ground floor and after the Gujarat riots in 2002, the BJP lost a large portion of the public's trust.
In 2002, he resigned from the position of Chief Minister of U.P. within the time of two years because, during the ground test, the BJP Government was a minority. As a result of the following reasons, President's rule was imposed in the State, and Mayawati became Chief Minister for the third time in the 14th Legislative Assembly.
Union Agriculture Minister (2003-04)
In 2003, Singh was appointed as the Minister of Agriculture and subsequently for Food Processing in the NDA Government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. In this position, he was faced with the difficult task of maintaining one of the most volatile areas of India’s economy. During this time, Singh initiated a few epoch-making projects such as the Kisan Call Centre and Farm Income Insurance Scheme. He reduced rates on agricultural loans and also established a Farmer Commission.
After losing power in the 2004 general elections, the BJP was left to share the opposition benches. After prominent figure Lal Krishna Advani's resignation due to controversial statements over Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and Pramod Mahajan's death and when Singh sought to rebuild the party, he focused on Hindutva ideologies by announcing his position of “no compromise” as to placing a Ram Temple in Ayodhya. He also commended Vajpayee's rule as Prime Minister and pointed out all of the NDA policies that were beneficial to the average Indian. He critiqued the dominance of English in India and urged people to be able to participate in our economic and cultural discourse. Rajnath Singh suspended Jaswant Singh from the party for praising Jinnah--which led to more controversies - Jaswant Singh was a very senior leader within BJP.
On 31 December 2005, he was elected BJP National President, a post he held until 19 December 2009. In May 2009, he was elected MP for Ghaziabad.
BJP National President Singh was re-elected after Nitin Gadkari resigned due to corruption charges on 24 January 2013.
He contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from the Lucknow constituency and was elected. He resigned after the party won in elections and handed over the position to Amit Shah.
On 26 May 2014, he was sworn in as the Union Minister of Home Affairs by the Narendra Modi government. At the time, he was the former party president who named Narendra Modi as the party's Prime Minister candidate. He replaced Sushil Kumar Shinde for the post of Minister of Home Affairs (India) after the party won the 2014 Lok Sabha election. From the year 2019, he is the current Deputy Leader of the Lok Sabha.
A disputed territory between Bhutan and China, Doklam, has been claimed by China as its territory, leading to tensions between the Indian Army and the Chinese Liberation Army. Singh assured the public that he would resolve the issue, and he talked with Chinese Communist Party officials about the relations between both nations, which resulted in a large settlement of the tension.
The new Defense Minister of India is Rajnath Singh, who was appointed on 31 May 2019 and given the Ministry of Defence (India) after Amit Shah was given the Ministry of Home Affairs. As Union Defense Minister now, Singh has indicated a subtle shift in India’s strategic vision. He is facing challenges from budgetary needs to our unstable neighborhood—one among many challenges he'll be tackling. In addition to serving as the Defence Minister of India, Rajnath Singh is also the Deputy Leader of the House of Representatives.
When Manohar Parrikar signed the deal in 2016, he purchased 126 fighter jets worth $30 billion to increase the strength of the Indian Air Force. Dassault Rafale is a French-made fighter plane. A total of 126 fighter jets were purchased by the Indian Government during his tenure as Defence Minister.
On 8 October 2019, he arrived in France to receive the first fleet of five Dassault Rafale fighter jets.
Tension has existed between Indian and Chinese forces over the Ladakh border region since May 2020. The tension has increased as China has put pressure on India. Singh met with Indian Army officials and visited the Ladakh Range during his visit. To discuss the situation, he also met with General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Navy Admiral Karambir Singh, and General Manoj Mukund Naravane.
After 20 Indian soldiers were killed during the 2020 China-India skirmishes in Galwan Valley, Singh met with the soldiers. He said he could not guarantee how high tensions would be. Later, the situation was resolved.
Rajnath Singh married Savitri Singh on 5 June 1971. He has two sons and a daughter. His son Pankaj Singh is a politician and member of the legislative assembly from BJP. His other son is Neeraj Singh. In 2014 and 2019, Neeraj Singh, the younger son of Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, managed the campaign of his father with a dedicated team of workers.
His daughter's name is Anamika Singh. She is also an Indian politician.
Rajnath Singh comes from a Hindu Rajput family. Rajnath Singh is a devout Hindu and a religious man and is known for his soft-spoken behavior.
Rajnath Singh was born on July 10, 1951, in a village called Bhabhaura, located in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
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