BJP leader Prakash Javadekar is a man of many roles. The 68-year-old politician has held several portfolios from Human Resource Development, Environment, Information and Broadcasting, Parliamentary Affairs Ministries in the Modi Cabinet and is party spokesperson, too. Basking in the glory of the BJP winning 24 of 25 Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan, a state where he was poll in-charge, the HRD minister was sworn in as a minister in Modi Cabinet 2.0 also.
He was also elected to the Rajya Sabha as a Member of Parliament from Maharashtra in 2008, and re-elected from Madhya Pradesh in 2014. He has had a fairly uncontroversial political career.
Prakash Javadekar took over the affairs of the HRD ministry from Smriti Irani in July 2016 after the rollback of the Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) in the Delhi University. Institutions of Eminence (IoEs), autonomy to IIMs, reduction in NCERT curriculum, mandatory teacher training and Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA) to enable major investments for the creation of high-quality infrastructure in premier educational institutions are among the key initiatives Javadekar took during his tenure as HRD minister.
When he was the Environment minister, India participated in the United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2015 during which the Paris Accord was signed.
Javadekar is a University of Pune alumnus. He has served as a member of Press Council, Standing Committee on Human Resources and Development, Public Accounts Committee, Consultative Committee for Ministry of Power, Committee on Subordinate Legislation, Standing Committee on Defence and the Committee on Waqf.
A staunch RSS man, he was a member of the ABVP, the RSS’ student wing. He was also the chairperson of the government’s Working Group on “IT for Masses” and the president of National Organization of Insurance Officers (NOINO) and Khadi Commission Karmachari Union (KCKU).
Active in politics since his college days, Javadekar participated in student movements against the government during the Emergency declared by then prime minister Indira Gandhi. He also led a Satyagraha movement in Pune at the time and was arrested for several months.
Javakedar, who has written four books on unemployment, IMF loan, farm loan waiver and inflation, was elected to the Maharashtra Legislative Council between 1990 and 2002. His complaints about various irregularities in coal mining led to the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) directing a CBI enquiry into the matter.