|Profession(s)||Politician, Retired Army Personnel|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 173 cm
in meters- 1.73 m
in feet inches- 5’ 8”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 75 kg
in pounds- 165 lbs
|Political Party||Bharatiya Janata Party (1960's-2014)
|Political Journey||1980: Elected to the Rajya Sabha
1986: Re-elected to the Rajya Sabha (2nd term)
1990: Elected to the 9th Lok Sabha
1991: Re-elected to the 10th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
1991-1996: Served as the Chairman of the Estimate Committee
1996: Served as the Finance minister under the Prime Ministership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee
1996-1997: Re-elected to the 11th Lok Sabha (3rd term)
1998: Appointed as the Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission
1998: Re-elected to the Rajya Sabha (3rd term)
1998-2002: Appointed as Minister for External Affairs in the Government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee
1999: Re-elected to the Rajya Sabha (4th term)
2001: Became the Defence Minister
2002-2004: Became the Finance minister for the second time
2004: Re-elected to the Rajya Sabha (5th term)
2004-2009: Became the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha
2009: Re-elected to the 15th Lok Sabha (4th term)
2009: Expelled from the BJP over a controversy
2010: Re-admitted in the BJP
2014: Elected as an Independent candidate from Darjeeling
|Date of Birth||3 January 1938|
|Age (as in 2018)||80 Years|
|Birthplace||Jasol, Rajputana Agency, British India|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Capricon|
|Hometown||Jasol, Rajputana Agency, British India|
|School||Mayo College, Rajasthan|
|College/University||• National Defence Academy
• Indian Military Academy
|Address||Village-Temawas,Gram Panchayat-Meva Nagar,Tehsil Pachpadra-Dist Barmer,Rajasthan|
|Hobbies||Writing, Reading, Travelling|
|Controversies||• When his book, National Security: An Outline of Our Concerns (1996) published, Jaswant Singh was caught amidst a controversy since he mentioned in his book that a spy had leaked some information to U.S. sources. He claimed that the spy existed in the office of Prime Minister during the tenure of P. V. Narasimha Rao. Manmohan Singh challenged Jaswant to name the spy, to which Singh dismissed the topic by claiming that his perception about the spy was based on 'hunch.'
• On 17 August 2009 his another book titled, Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence was released, in which he claimed that Jawaharlal Nehru's centralized policy was responsible for the Partition of India. Moreover, his book praised Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Sentiments of many people were hurt, and later, he was expelled BJP because of his controversial book.
|Relationships & More|
|Children||Son- Manvendra Singh (Politician)
|Parents||Father- Thakur Sardara Singh Rathore
Mother- Kunwar Baisa
|Car Collection||• Tafe 35 Tractor, (RJ-19 R 0032)
• Fiat Car, (RJ-Q-9849)
• Tata Safari, (WB-77-7771)
• Tata Marina, (DL-3C AF-3331)
|Assets/Properties||Bank Fixed Deposits: ₹1 Crore
Bonds, Debentures, Shares: ₹11 Lakhs
Jewellery: ₹23 Lakhs
Total Value: ₹2 Crore
|Net Worth (approx.)||₹8 Crore (as in 2009)|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Jaswant Singh
- Jaswant Singh entered politics in the late ’60s.
- He is one of the founding members of the political party, Bharatiya Janata Party.
- Bhairon Singh Shekhawat is considered to be his political mentor.
- Singh is said to be one of the longest-serving parliamentarians of India. He was a member of either of the houses consecutively from 1980-2014.
- Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, elected him as India’s single representative to hold the long-term dialogue with the USA, aftermath of India’s nuclear tests of 1998. The outcome of this was very useful for both countries.
- In the year 2001, Jaswant was honoured with the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award.
- In 2012, he was the candidate for the post of Vice-President for the NDA Government. However, he lost to Hamid Ansari (UPA’s Vice presidential candidate).
- In 2014, his party did not field him from any constituency for 2014 Lok Sabha elections so he contested as an Independent candidate from his constituency of Barmer in Rajasthan. When he did not withdraw from the elections, he was expelled from the BJP on 29 March 2014. However, he lost the elections to Col. Sonaram Choudhary.
- On 7 August 2014, Jaswant suffered a severe head injury after he slipped in the washroom of his residence. He is in a state of ‘coma’ ever since.
- Apart from being a sound politician, he has also authored many books such as Defending India (1999), Khankhana Nama (2006), A Call to Honor: In Service of Emergent India (2006), The Audacity of Opinion (2012), etc.
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