Seventeenth Lok Sabha
Members Bioprofile
Gandhi, Smt. Maneka Sanjay
Constituency   : Sultanpur (Uttar Pradesh)
Party Name     : Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP)
Email Address : gandhim[AT]sansad[DOT]nic[DOT]in

Father's Name Late Lt. Col. T.S. Anand
Mother's Name Late Smt. Amteshwar Anand
Date of Birth 26 Aug 1956
Place of Birth New Delhi
Marital Status Widow
Date of Marriage 29 Sep 1974
Spouse's Name Late Shri Sanjay Gandhi
No. of Sons 1
Educated at The Lawrence School, Sanawar, Himachal Pradesh
Profession Writer
Permanent Address
14, Ashoka Road,
New Delhi -110 001
Tel : (011) 23357088
09868180604 (M)
Present Address
14, Ashoka Road,
New Delhi - 110 001
Tel : (011) 23357088
09868180604 (M)
Positions Held
1988-89 General-Secretary, Janata Dal (J.D.)
1989 Elected to 9th Lok Sabha
1989-91 Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Environment and Forests
Jan.-April 1990 Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Programme Implementation
1996 Re-elected to 11th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
1996-97 Member, Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and Forests
1998-99 Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (3rd term)
1998-99 Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Social Justice and Empowerment
1999 Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (4th term)
13 Oct. 1999- 1 Sept. 2001 Union Minister of State,(Independent Charge) Social Justice and Empowerment
1 Sept. 2001- 18 Nov. 2001 Union Minister of State, Culture with additional charge of Animal Care (Independent Charge)
18 Nov.2001- 30 June 2002 Union Minister of State, (Independent Charge) Programme Implementation and Statistics with additional charge of Animal Care
2002-2004 Member, Standing Committee on External Affairs
2004 Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha ( 5th term)
Member, Standing Committee on Health & Family Welfare
Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Environment and Forests
5 Aug. 2007 Member, Standing Committee on Health & Family Welfare
2009 Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha (6th term)
31 Aug. 2009 Member, Standing Committee on Railways
23 Sep. 2009 Chairperson, Committee on Government Assurances
19 Oct. 2009 Member, General Purposes Committee
May, 2014 Re-elected to 16th Lok Sabha (7th term)
27 May 2014 - 25 May 2019 Union Cabinet Minister, Women and Child Development
May, 2019 Re-elected to 17th Lok Sabha (8th term)
13 Sept. 2019 onwards Member, Standing Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment
Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries

Books Published
(i) Sanjay Gandhi, (ii) The Rainbow and Other Stories; (iii) 1001 Animal Quiz, (iv) Penguin Book of Hindu Names; (v) Complete Book of Parsi and Muslim Names; (vi) Brahma`s Hair (on the Mythology of Indian plants), (vii) Heads and Tails ( Enviornment & Animal welfare articles); (viii) Animal Laws of India; (ix) First Aid for Animals; (x) Natural Health for Your Dog; (xi) Wise and Wonderful Animal Alphabet Quiz (xii) Fish Quiz (xiii) Bird Quiz and (xiv) Insect Quiz (xv) There`s a Monster Under My Bed and Other Terrible Terrors
Literary, Artistic & Scientific Accomplishments
Publisher/author of Etymological Directories; Plant Mythology; Animal Activism and Laws; Editor, Surya, 1976-80; widely read columnist: writer on animal welfare and environment; creator and presenter of weekly T.V. shows on animals and environment in English and Hindi
Social And Cultural Activities
Chairperson, (i) People for Animals; (ii) RUGMARK; Managing-Trustee, Ruth Cowell Foundation (Sanjay Gandhi Animal Care Shelter and Hospital)
Special Interests
Writing, animal welfare and protection
Favourite Pastime and Recreation
Reading and Gardening
Countries Visited
Widely travelled
Other Information
Recipient of the prestigious (i) Lord Erskine Award from the RSPCA, 1992; (ii) Environmentalist and Vegetarian of the year 1994; (iii) Prani Mitra Award, 1996; (iv) Maharana Mewar Foundation Award, 1996 for Environmental work; (v) Marchig Animal Welfare Trust Prize, Switzerland, 1997; (vi) Venu Menon Animal Allies Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, 1999, (vii) Bhagwan Mahaveer Foundation Award for Excellence in the sphere of Truth, Non-violence and Vegetarianism, 1999; (viii) Ahimsa and Sadbhawna Award, 1999; (ix) Dewaliben Charitable Trust Award, 1999; (x) International Women`s Association Woman of the Year Award, Chennai, 2001 and (xi) Dinanath Mangeshkar Aadishakti Puraskar in the field of Environment and animal welfare, 2001; Delivered the Schumacher Address in U.K., 1995; Key-note Speaker at the National Alliance for Animals in Washington, 1996; Member of 5 person (UNEP) SASAKAWA Environment Prize Selection Committee; Special Invitee to Peace in Peacetime, International Conference on Peace and Development, Puerto Rico, 2002; Chairperson, International Jury of Energy Globe Foundation, 2012; FOSAAC Award in Los Angeles for Humanitarian Services; Supreme Master Ching Hai The Shining World Compassion Award, 2010

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