Friday, April 20, 2012

Abhishek Manu Singhavi [Biography]

Abhishek Manu Singhavi is an Indian politician belonging to Indian National Congress party. He is the member of upper house of the Indian Parliament Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan. He is the spokesperson of the Congress party.

Abhishek was born on 24 February 1959 in Jaipur, Rajasthan. His father Dr. Laxmi Mall Singhvi was a renowned lawyer and India's former High Commissioner to the UK. He was elected to Rajya Sabha (1998–2004) as a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). His mother’s name is Shrimati Kamla Singhvi.

He has done B.A.(Hons.), M.A., Ph.D., PIL educated at St. Columba's School, Delhi, St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, Trinity College, Cambridge,University of Cambridge, U.K. and Harvard University, U.S.A. Singhvi completed his Ph.D. under the renowned constitutional lawyer Sir William Wade of Cambridge University. The topic of his doctoral dissertation at Cambridge University was on Emergency Powers.

He is married to Anita Singhvi. Anita is a known Ghazal and sufi singer. The couple have two sons.

Positions Held.
1997-98 Additional Solicitor General of India 2001 onwards National Spokesperson, Indian National Congress April 2006 Elected to Rajya Sabha Aug. 2006 - May 2009 and Aug. 2009-July 2011 Member, Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice Aug. 2006 - Aug. 2007 Member, Joint Committee on Offices of Profit Member, Joint Committee to examine the Constitutional and Legal position relating to Office of Profit Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Urban Development Sept. 2006 - Sept. 2010 Member, Committee of Privileges July 2010 onwards Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of External Affairs July 2011 onwards Chairman, Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice Member, General Purposes Committee

Books Published
Writes a popular column, 'Candid Corner' in the Hindustan Times; his columns have been published in a book form as 'Candid Corner: Reflections of Abhishek Singhvi', 2006 with a Foreword by the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and also released by him; fortnightly columnist, earlier in 'Indya.com', 'The Pioneer' and now in the 'Hindustan Times'; also a monthly columnist in India's largest Hindi daily, 'Dainik Bhaskar'; has written several articles in leading magazines and periodicals; 'Collection of Legal Writings' (under publication) and 'Emergency Powers: A Comparative Study' (under publication)

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