Jairam Ramesh Age, Caste, Wife, Family, Biography

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Marital Status: Widowed
Age: 70 Years
Hometown: Chikmagalur, Mysore State (now In Karnataka)


Jairam Ramesh

Full NameJairam Ramesh Iyengar
Physical Stats & More
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourSalt and Pepper
Political PartyIndian National Congress
Logo of Indian National Congress
Political Journey• 1999: Became a Member of the Rajasthan Development Council
• 2000: Appointed as the Secretary in the All India Congress Committee and the Deputy Chairman of the Karnataka Planning Board till 2002
• 2000: Became a member of the eminent persons group of the Union Ministry of Power
• 2004: Became a member of the Congress Party's electoral strategy team for the 2004 Lok Sabha cycle
• 2004: Elected as the Member of the Rajya Sabha from the Andhra Pradesh constituency
• 2004: Became a member of the various committees including the Public Accounts Committee, the Standing Committee on Finance, and the Committee on Government Assurances
• 2009: Resigned as the Minister of State for Power and Minister of State for Commerce and Industry
• 2010: Elected as the Member of Rajya Sabha from Andhra Pradesh
• 2011: Appointed as the Union Minister of Rural Development and also given an additional charge of the new Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation
• 2012: Removed from the position of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation during cabinet reshuffle
• 2016`: Elected as the Member of the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka
• 2022: Appointed as the head of Media, including social & Digital media of Indian National Congress Party
• 2022: Re-elected as the member of the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka
Personal Life
Date of Birth9 April 1954 (Friday)
Age (as of 2024) 70 Years
BirthplaceChikmagalur, Mysore State (now in Karnataka)
Zodiac signAries
SignatureJairam Ramesh's signature
HometownChikmagalur, Mysore State (now in Karnataka)
SchoolSt. Xavier's School, Ranchi (1961–1963)
College/University• Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai
• Carnegie Mellon University, United States
• Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
Educational Qualification(s)• B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
• Master of Science in Public Policy and Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University, United States
• Doctoral program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (drop out)
ReligionHinduism along with many practices from Buddhism
Food HabitVegetarian
Address6-3-862/3, Sadat Manzil, Apoorva Unit No. 4, Ameerpet, Khairatabad, Hyderabad
Controversies• False accusation on villagers of Pithampur in Madhya Pradesh
During his tenure as the Minister of State for Environment and Forests, Jairam Ramesh formally apologized to villagers of Pithampur in Madhya Pradesh after falsely accusing them of dumping carbide waste. During the apology, he also admitted that the lethal waste was smuggled out during the night hours from the Carbide factory and dumped in the area. [1]The Economic Times

• Charged with Defamation case
In 2019, Vivek Doval, son of the son of the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, filed a defamation case against Jairam Ramesh because of the defamatory statements made by Jairam against him in an article published in The Caravan magazine under the title of The D Companies. The complaint was filed in January 2019 and Jairam was granted a bail in May 2019. Later, Ramesh gave a formal apology to Vivek and claimed that his remarks were based on a news article.
Social MediaFacebook
Relationships & More
Marital StatusWidowed
Marriage Date26 January 1981
Wife/SpouseK. R. Jayashree (Passed away in 2019)
ParentsFather- C.K. Ramesh (Professor of civil engineering in IIT Bombay)
Mother- Sridevi Ramesh
Style Quotient
Car CollectionMaruti Ritz
Money Factor
Assets/Properties (as of 2021-2022)Movable Assets
Cash: Rs. 25,000
Deposits in Banks: Rs. 90,59,899
Bonds: Rs. 27,41,355
Motor Vehicles: Rs. 4,00,000
Jewelry: Rs. 45,00,000

Immovable Assets
Residential Buildings: Rs. 2,84,00,000
Net Worth (approx.) (as of 2021-2022)Rs. 4 Crores

Jairam Ramesh

Some Lesser Known Facts About Jairam Ramesh

  • Since a young age, Jairam Ramesh has been inspired by Jawaharlal Nehru. He was interested in Nehru’s alleged modern approach to life about bringing change in a traditional society and was also fascinated by his liberal, humanist, rational approach to life, women and civil matters.

    Jairam Ramesh during his college days

    Jairam Ramesh during his college days

  • According to Ramesh, he was also influenced by Mahatma Gandhi, whose ideas were anti-modern, anti-science and anti-Western. He claimed that as he grew up and read more about Gandhi, he respected Gandhi’s ideologies more.
  • In 1978, he began working at the World Bank. He worked there for a short period.
  • In December 1979, at the age of 21, he returned to India from the US and began working as an assistant to the Indian economist Lovraj Kumar at the Bureau of Industrial Costs and Prices at a minimal salary. His father did not approve of his ideas and choice of career so Jairam left his home.
  • In 1983, he was appointed as the Officer on Special Duty in the Advisory Board of Energy.
  • Later, he began working in the Planning Commission for the Ministry of Industry and other economic departments of the Central Government including analyzing energy policy, reorganizing the CSIR in 1986 and implementing technology missions during 1987 and 1989.
  • In 1990, he was appointed as an Officer on Special Duty during the National Front administration of the V.P. Singh government during which he reorganized India’s international trade agencies. In 1991, he was again appointed as the OSD to the Prime Minister; however, he was removed from PMO after a short time.
  • In 1991, he worked in Manmohan Singh’s finance ministry and also participated in India’s economic reforms.
  • In 1992, Jairam Ramesh became an advisor to the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission and remained in the position till 1994. From 1993-1995, he worked on a special mission in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • From 1996 to 1998, he worked as a advisor to Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram. In 1999, he was invited by the central government to join the official delegation to the World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle.
  • In 2002, he became a member of the International Council of the Asia Society based in the New York city. In the same year, he became a Visiting Fellow and Affiliated Researcher at the Institute of Chinese Studies in New Delhi.
  • In 2004, he became a member of the Court of the Jawaharlal Nehru University.
  • Jairam was part of the 19-member ‘Foundation Day Committee’ of the All India Congress Committee (AICC), under the chairmanship of party president Sonia Gandhi> He was also given the duty of planning the 2010 year-long celebrations of the 125th anniversary of the Congress Party.
  • In 2004, he became a part of the National Advisory Council, where he worked in putting together the UPA’s National Common Minimum Program.
  • In December 2009, he acted as the chief negotiator for India at the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • He has anchored various television programmes including Business Breakfast and Crossfire.
  • Jairam Ramesh has published many books including Making Sense of Chindia: Reflections on China and India (2005), To The Brink and Back : India’s 1991 Story (2015), and A Chequered Brilliance: The Many Lives of V.K. Krishna Menon (2019).

    Jairam Ramesh's book

    Jairam Ramesh’s book