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President of India
Vice President of India
Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu is an Indian politician serving as the 13th and current Vice President of India since 2017.Previously, he served as the minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Urban Development and Information and Broadcasting in the Modi Cabinet. A prominent leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, he also served as its national president from 2002 to 2004. Earlier, he was the Union Cabinet Minister for Rural Development in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. He took the oath as vice president of India and the chairman of Rajya Sabha on 11 August 2017.
Chief Justice of India
Judge of Supreme Court of India
Bangalore Venkataramiah Nagarathna is a sitting Judge of Supreme Court of India. She served as a judge of the Karnataka High Court from 2008 to 2021. She is the daughter of former Chief Justice of India, E. S. Venkataramiah.
She gained public attention in 2009 after being forcibly detained within the Karnataka High Court premises by a group of protesting lawyers. She has delivered a number of significant judgments relating to commercial and constitutional law in Karnataka. She is in line to become the first female Chief Justice of India in 2027.
Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation
Amit Anil Chandra Shah is an Indian politician currently serving as the Minister of Home Affairs and the first Minister of Co-operation of India. He served as the President of the Bharatiya Janata Party from 2014 to 2020. He has also served as chairman of the National Democratic Alliance since 2014. He was elected to the lower house of Parliament, Lok Sabha, in the 2019 Indian general elections from Gandhinagar. Earlier, he had been elected as a member of the upper house of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, from Gujarat in 2017. Sworn in at the age of 54, he is the youngest serving full-time Home Minister. He is the chief strategist of the BJP and a close aide to Narendra Modi.
Minister of Defence of India
Rajnath Singh is an Indian politician serving as the Defence Minister of India. He is currently the Deputy Leader of the House Lok Sabha. He is the former President of Bharatiya Janata Party. He has previously served as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and as a Cabinet Minister in the Vajpayee Government. He was the Home Minister in the First Modi Ministry. He has also served as the President of the BJP twice i.e. 2005 to 2009 and 2013 to 2014. He is a veteran leader of the BJP who started his career as a RSS Swayamsevak. He is an advocate of the party's Hindutva ideology. He has also served the party in the Uttar Pradesh state from where he started his political career as a youth leader. He was also the minister of Road Transport and Highways and Agriculture under Prime ministership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Road, Transport and Highway Minister, Govt. of India
Nitin Jairam Gadkari is an Indian politician from Maharashtra. who is the current Minister for Road Transport & Highways in the Government of India. He is also the longest serving Minister for Road Transport & Highways currently running his tenure for over 8 years.
Union Cabinet Minister for Women & Child Development Govt. of India
Union Minister of Railways, Communications, Electronics & Information Technology
Ashwini Vaishnaw is an Indian politician and former IAS officer currently serving as the Minister of Railways, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology in Government of India, since 8 July 2021. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. In June 2019, he became a member of the Parliament of India representing Odisha State in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house. On 7 July 2021, he was appointed as a Cabinet Minister and was given the charge of Railways and Information Technology ministries. Earlier in 1994, Vaishnaw joined the Indian Administrative Service in the Odisha cadre, and has worked extensively in Odisha.
Minister of Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs & Food & Public Distribution and Textiles
Piyush Vedprakash Goyal is a politician and cabinet minister of the Government of India having portfolios such as Minister of Textiles, Minister of Commerce and Industry and Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. He was elevated to the Cabinet Minister position on 3 September 2017.
Union Minister of I & B, Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt. of India.
Anurag Singh Thakur is an Indian politician from the Bharatiya Janata Party and a Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha from Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh. He is the current Minister of Sports, Youth Affairs and Minister of Information and Broadcasting in the Second Modi ministry. Previously, Thakur served as a Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs. He was first elected to the Lok Sabha in May 2008 in a by poll as a candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution & Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change
Ashwini Kumar Choubey is Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Environment, Forest and Climate Change and a member of the 17th Lok Sabha. He is an Indian politician belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party. He is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha representing Buxar (Lok Sabha constituency) and a former health minister of Bihar. He had represented the Bihar legislative assembly from Bhagalpur (Vidhan Sabha constituency) before contesting for the 16th Lok Sabha election. On 3 September 2017, he took in charge of office as Minister of State for Health in Narendra Modi's Government.He resigned in July 2021.
Union Minister of State(Ind. Charge)Science & Tech
Dr. Jitendra Singh is an Indian physician and politician. He is the Minister of State for the Ministry of Science and Technology and Minister of state ministry of earth science and Minister of State for Prime Minister's Office Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Space.
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
Yogi Adityanath is an Indian Hindu monk and politician who is serving as the 21st and current Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, since 19 March 2017.
He was appointed the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on 26 March 2017 after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the 2017 State Assembly elections in which he was a prominent campaigner.He again won the 2022 State Assembly elections to be the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh for the second time scripting history, being the first ever chief minister to return to power, after completing a full 5-year term in office. He is a former Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha from the Gorakhpur constituency, Uttar Pradesh, for five consecutive terms from 1998 to 2017 when he resigned to become the Chief Minister.
Chief minister of Uttarakhand
Chief Minister of Bihar
Nitish Kumar is an Indian politician, who is serving as Chief Minister of Bihar since 22 February 2015, having previous held the office from 2005 to 2014 and for a short period in 2000. The leader of the Janata Dal (United), he has also served as a Union Minister.
Kumar first entered politics as a member of the Janata Dal, becoming an MLA in 1985. A socialist, Kumar founded the Samata Party in 1994 along with George Fernandes. In 1996 he was elected to the Lok Sabha, and served as a Union Minister in the government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, with his party joining the National Democratic Alliance. In 2003 his party merged into the Janata Dal (United), and Kumar became its leader.
Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
MoS, Tourism and Ports
Shripad Yesso Naik is an Indian politician serving as the current Minister of State for Tourism and Ports, Shipping and Waterways of India in office 7 July 2021 (in Second Modi ministry). He was the former Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare. He is the Member of Parliament from North Goa constituency, representing the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Chief Minister, Manipur
Nongthombam Biren Singh is an Indian politician, former footballer and journalist, who is currently serving as the Chief Minister of Manipur for the second term since 2017.
N. Biren Singh was awarded Champions of Change in 2018 for his exceptional work to the nation. The award was conferred by the Vice-President of India Sri. Venkaiah Naidu at Vigyan Bhavan New Delhi.
Tourism Minister, UK
Satpal Maharaj is a spiritual master and an Indian politician, serving as the current PWD, tourism, cultural and irrigation minister in the cabinet of Government of Uttarakhand. He was born to Shri Hans Ji Maharaj and Shrimati Rajeshwari Devi Ji. He is also a National Executive Member of BJP. He is the founder of Manav Utthan Sewa Samiti.
Tourism Minister, Goa
Rohan Ashok Khaunte is a politician and philanthropist from Goa. He is the MLA from Porvorim constituency from the North Goa district, Khaunte has previously served as Minister of IT, Revenue, Labour and Employment and Planning and Statistics and Evaluation in the Cabinet of Hon'ble Late Shri Manohar Parrikar. Rohan first contested the Goa Assembly Elections in 2012 as an independent candidate from the newly formed Porvorim Constituency and won by a majority of votes. In 2017 he became the first Independent MLA to be re-elected in Goa.
Justice Venkatachaliah served as the 25th Chief Justice of India from February 12, 1993 to October 24, 1994
Justice Manepalli Narayana Rao Venkatachaliah began his general practice of law in 1951. He became a permanent judge of the Karnataka High Court on November 6, 1975 and was later elevated as the judge of the Supreme Court on October 5, 1987. He became the Chief Justice of India on February 12, 1993. He served in office for almost 2 years, retiring on October 24, 1994.
Justice Venkatachaliah also served as the Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission of India from November 26, 1996 to October 24, 1999.
Spiritual guide, Social reformer, Educationist, Author and Speaker
Sri M’s transformational journey, from a young boy to a living yogi is a fascinating story symbolised by single-minded discipline and dedication. At the age of 9, his spiritual transformation was initiated by his future Master, Babaji. In 1998, he started his teachings, eventually becoming part of the The Satsang Foundation. Sri M was conferred with the Padma Bhushan in 2020, for distinguished service of high order in spirituality.
Member Secretary, IGNCA
Dr Sanjeev Kumar Joshi is currently the Deputy Chief Executive Officer, BrahMos Aerospace and is a Senior Defence Scientist of DRDO. His pioneering contributions as Technology Advisor to Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Head, Programme Office (Missiles & Strategic Systems), sustained R&D contributions and techno-managerial leadership has exponentially strengthened multiple technology domains, international collaborations and flow of learning across organizational boundaries to promote indigenous developments in defence and aerospace. His versatile contributions paved the way for export of BrahMos System to friendly nations.
Deputy CEO, BrahMos Aerospace & Senior Scientist at DRDO
Dr Sanjeev Kumar Joshi is currently the Deputy Chief Executive Officer, BrahMos Aerospace and is a Senior Defence Scientist of DRDO. His pioneering contributions as Technology Advisor to Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Head, Programme Office (Missiles & Strategic Systems), sustained R&D contributions and techno-managerial leadership has exponentially strengthened multiple technology domains, international collaborations and flow of learning across organizational boundaries to promote indigenous developments in defence and aerospace sector. His versatile contributions paved the way for export of BrahMos System to friendly nations.