Anand Sharma is an Indian politician. He is a former Union Cabinet Minister in charge of Commerce, Industry and Textiles. He served as Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament, from June 2014 to 2022 on an Indian National Congress ticket. In August 2022, he came into limelight after resigning from the chairmanship of the Steering Committee of the Indian National Congress for Himachal Pradesh after serving the party for fifty-one years.
Anand Sharma was born on Monday 5 January 1953.age 69 years; by 2022) in Shimla, Punjab, India (now in Himachal Pradesh, India). His zodiac sign is Capricorn. In 1973, he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree from RPCSDB College, Shimla. In 1977, he obtained his LLB degree from the Law Faculty of Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. He actively participated in the youth movement in India during his college days and also served as the leader of some prominent student unions. He was part of the NSUI Foundation group, an important student wing of the Indian National Congress party. Later, after joining the Indian National Congress, he served as the President of the Indian Youth Congress.
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Hair Color: salt and pepper
Eye Colour: black
parents and siblings
His father’s name is PA Sharma and mother’s name is Prabha Rani.
wife and children
On 23 February 1987, he married Zenobia Sharma, a non-practicing doctor.
The couple has two sons.
His permanent address is Prabhat Lodge, (Anand Bhawan), Kelston, Shimla – 171001.
From 1984 to 1986, he served as a member of the Committee on Petitions in the Rajya Sabha from Himachal Pradesh. From 1985 to 1988, he served as a member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Lokpal Bill. From 1987 to 1988, he served as a member of the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Defense (India). From 1988 to 1990, he served as a member of the Committee on Government Assurances and a member of the Press Council of India. From August 2004 to January 2006, he served as a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence. From October 2004 to January 2006, he served in the Ministry of External Affairs (India). On 29 January 2006, he was appointed as the Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs and served in the position till 22 May 2009. He was appointed as the Minister of Commerce and Industry by the Government of India on 22 May 2009 on a ticket. of the Indian National Congress. He served in this post till 26 May 2014. During his tenure in the Ministry of Commerce, he focused on uplifting India’s manufacturing sector by investing heavily and reducing the credit cost of the same. He was instrumental in the drafting of a global agreement for the India-US Nuclear Cooperation Agreement in 2008. In February 2012, he led a business delegation, which was organized to improve trade relations between India and Pakistan. More than 120 leaders of both the countries participated in this delegation meeting. During the conference, he focused on amending the existing Visa Bilateral Agreement to facilitate easy travel for genuine businessmen from both countries. The agreement was first signed in 1974 with the former Minister of Commerce and Chambers of Pakistan, Makhdoom Muhammad Amin Fahim.
When he was the Minister of Commerce and Industry of India, he encouraged many foreign investments in India by drafting several new manufacturing policies. In 2011, he advocated the implementation of India’s first National Manufacturing Policy (NMP), which was formulated with the aim of raising India’s manufacturing sector from 16 to 25 percent of GDP and making 100 million. Skilled jobs in a decade. Soon after this policy was drafted, the Government of India established Greenfield Integrated Manufacturing Cities and sixteen NIMZ-National Investment and Manufacturing Zones across the country. Later, he insisted on allowing foreign direct investment in India’s defense and civil aviation sector. He also focused on allowing 100% FDI in retail and implemented a policy to allow foreign investors to open multi-brand retail stores in India.
After that under his guidance. The Government of India implemented the e-Biz project, which was conceptualized to improve the conditions of trade and investment in the country. During his tenure as India’s Minister of Commerce and Industry, India became a favorite destination for many foreign investors following the global economic crisis. Reportedly, during this period, India earned US$ 190 billion from foreign direct investment. According to some media sources, he tried to increase the optimistic dividend for the country and India’s merchandise exports by making several amendments in the foreign trade policy from 2010 to 2014 and helped it to earn almost double the profit than before. In December 2013, he played a key role in the Ninth WTO Ministerial Meeting in Bali by protecting the rights of India and other developing countries in the public stock of food grains for food security in their respective countries. It approved the Bali ministry’s first agreement with the World Trade Organization, including a Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).
In 2014, he delivered a speech at an international conference held in Delhi to mark the 125th birth anniversary of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. From 5 July 2010 to 9 March 2016, he served as a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha from the Rajasthan constituency. From 3 April 2016 to 2 April 2022, he served as a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha from the Himachal Pradesh constituency. From 8 June 2014 to 2 April 2022, he served as the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha.
Apart from politics, he likes to write books on Indian history and its famous Indian politicians. In 2007, he published his first book titled Gandhian Way. In 2011, he released another book titled Journey of a Nation. In 2016, he wrote the book ‘Remembering Jawaharlal Nehru’. In 2017, he released the book ‘India’s Indira’.
Awards, Honors, Achievements
On 10 November 2008, he was awarded the Companion of the Order of Volta in Ghana. On 14 January 2009, he earned the Commander of the National Order of the Ivory Coast Award. In 2012, he was awarded a special award for his contribution in strengthening India-South Africa relations to mark 150 years of the first arrival of Indians in South Africa.
property / properties
- Deposits in Banks : Rs. 3,01,58,000
- Bonds, Debentures and Shares: Rs. 2,00,000
- NSS, Postal Savings: Rs. 24,24,000
- LIC or other insurance policies: Rs 12,00,000
- Motor Vehicle: Rs. 11,10,000
- Non agricultural land : Rs. 45,00,000
- Residential Building : Rs. 1,96,00,000 ((my leader,
As of 2019, his net worth is Rs. 3.01 crores. ,my leader,
Comment: Net worth does not include cash and bank deposits.
Facts / Trivia
- In 2020, G-23 leaders of the INC wrote an explosive letter to the President of the Indian National Congress Sonia Gandhi, He was one of the leaders who raised their voice for the demand for major organizational changes in the party. In the letter, Anand Sharma has written that the party leaders of the Congress were its co-owners and not slaves. He wrote,
We are the builders of this Congress. We are co-owners, we are not tenants or slaves… Why are we condemned when we raise some issues?”
- Anand Sharma is associated with several Indian social and sports associations and often contributes to a non-profit organization of the Government of India, which works in the disability sector of the country.
- According to Anand Sharma, he enjoys playing cricket, hiking, traveling to far-flung places and reading books on philosophy and history in his spare time. Talking to the media, he said that he likes to listen to music, especially Indian and Western classical music.
- On 21 August 2022, he resigned from the chairmanship of the steering committee of the Himachal Pradesh unit of the Congress. In a media conference, he pointed to higher officials of Congress for defamation and humiliation. He told the media that despite working hard for the party all his life, he was hurt and humiliated. He said he was never invited to attend major party meetings. he said,
I am not saying that I am alone… we all have challenges. I have had issues over the years where I could have withdrawn: that of a challenging autistic son. “I gave up my profession, I gave up my life. I don’t need to be defamed. I’m so hurt and humiliated. I’m sorry.”