Minister for Communications, Electronics and Information Technology and Law and Justice
NAME – Ravi Shankar Prasad
PROFESSION– Politician and Senior Advocate of Supreme Court
BORN – 30th Aug 1954
PLACE OF BIRTH – Patna, Bihar
FATHER’S NAME – Late Thakur Prasad
MOTHER’S NAME – Late Bimla Prasad
SPOUSE – Dr. Maya Shankar
SIBLINGS – 1 Sister
CHILDREN– 2(1 son and 1 daughter)
EDUCATION – B.A and M.A. in Political Science and LL.B. from Patna University, Bihar
POLITICAL PARTY– Bharatiya Janata Party
OFFICIAL WEBSITE– NA
REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT– NA
Ravi Shankar Prasad is serving as the Minister of Communications, Electronics and Information Technology and Law and Justice. He is representing the Patna Sahib constituency. He is politically affiliated with Bharatiya Janata Party.
BACKGROUND– Ravi Shankar Prasad was born on 30th Aug 1954 to Late Thakur Prasad a senior advocate at the Patna High Court and was one of the founders of Jan Sangh a right-wing party that existed from 1951 to 1977 and Late Bimla Prasad a homemaker. His sister Anuradha Prasad was a previous congress spokesperson. He married Dr. Maya Shankar on 3rd Feb 1982 and they’ve two children.
UPBRINGING & EDUCATION– Ravi Shankar Prasad hails from Patna, Bihar. He did his graduation and post-graduation in Arts and also LLB from Patna University, Bihar.
WALK OF LIFE– Ravi Shankar Prasad began his political career in the early 70s and was also jailed during the emergency. He was a member of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. He was the Assistant General Secretary of his university.
In the 1980s he started practicing at Patna High Court. He was appointed as a senior advocate of Patna High Court in the year 1999 and was appointed as Senior Advocate of Supreme Court of India in the year 2000.
He was the Member of the National Executive Committee of Bharatiya Janata Party in the year 1995. For the first time, he was elected to Rajya sabha in the year 2000. He was the Minister of State in the Ministry of Coal and Mines in 2001. He was also given the additional charge of Ministry of Law and Justice in 2002.
In 2003 he was given the independent charge of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. In the year 2006 he was elected to the Rajya sabha. In 2010 he was BJP’s national General Secretary and Chief National Spokesperson. In 2012 he was once again got elected to the Rajya sabha.
In the year 2014 to the present, he is Minister of Electronics and Information Technology and Minister of Law and was also given the additional charge of Communication Ministry in 2019. In 2018 he got elected to the Rajya Sabha and in May 2019 was elected to the Loksabha.
MAJOR INITIATIVES TAKEN– Ravi Shankar Prasad took many initiatives to bring growth in the production of manufacturing of mobile phones in India. And bought Common Service Centres. Stree Swabhiman Initiative for manufacturing of low-cost sanitary napkins by rural villages for their economic development.
1991 to 1995- National Vice President of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha Youth Wing of BJP
1995- Member of National Executive of BJP
April 2000- Elected to Rajya Sabha
Sept. 2001 – 29 Jan. 2003- Minister of State, Ministry of Coal and Mines
July 2002 to Jan. 2003- Minister of State Ministry of Law and Justice
Jan. 2003 to May 2004- Minister of State of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
March 2006- National Spokesperson of BJP
April 2006- Elected to Rajya Sabha
April 2012- Elected to Rajya Sabha
May 2014 to Nov 2014- Minister of Law, and Justice
May 2014 to July 2016- Minister of Communications and Information Technology
July 2016 to May 2019- Minister of Law and Justice, Electronics and Information Technology
April 2018- Elected to Rajya Sabha
April 2018 to May 2019- Member, Rajya Sabha
May 2019- Elected to 17th Lok Sabha
30 May 2019 to present- Minister, Law, and Justice, Communications and Electronics and Information Technology.
CASES– A defamation case was filed by Shashi Tharoor against Mr. Prasad for allegedly making disparaging statements in connection with Sunanda Pushkar’s death.