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Salman Khurshid
External Affairs
Career Highlights :

B.A. (English and Jurisprudence), M.A., B.C.L.

Profile :

Farrukhabad (Uttar Pradesh )

Party Name:
Indian National Congress(INC)

Father's Name:
Shri Khurshid Alam Khan

Mother's Name:
Smt. Saeda Khurshid

Date of Birth:
01 Jan 1953

Place of Birth:
Aligarh (Uttar Pradesh)

Marital Status:

Spouse's Name:
Smt. Louise Khurshid

No. of Sons:

No.of Daughters:

Educational Qualifications:
B.A. (English and Jurisprudence), M.A., B.C.L.
Educated at St. Stephen`s College, Delhi and St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University, Oxford, U.K.


Positions Held:

Elected to 10th Lok Sabha

June 1991:
Union Deputy Minister, Commerce

Jan. 1993-June 1996:
Union Minister of State, External Affairs

Chairman, Department of Foreign Affairs

1999-2000 and 2005-08:
President, Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee

Chairman, Department of Policy Planning and Coordination (DEPCO), All India Congress Committee

Special Invitee, Congress Working Committee

General Secretary, All India Congress Committee

Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha (2nd term)

2009 - 18 Jan 2011:
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Corporate Affairs; Minority Affairs

19 Jan 2011-19 July 2011:
Union Cabinet Minister, Water Resources

19 Jan 2011 onwards:
Union Cabinet Minister, Minority Affairs

July 2011 onwards:
Union Cabinet Minister, Law and Justice
Union Cabinet Minister, Minority Affairs

Books Published:
`At Home in India`, a restatement of Indian Muslims (Vikas 1987);`Beyond Terrorism`(UBS 1994);`Sons of Babur` a play in search of India, published by Rupa & Co., 2008 and forthcoming book `If Winter Comes`

Literary Artistic & Scientific Accomplishments:
Liu Po Shan Lecture in Law, Trinity College, Oxford University, 1978-80; Edited `Contemporary Conservative`, selected writings of late Dhiren Bhagat (Penguin 1990); Joint Editor (i) Supreme Court Cases Journal,1985-89; and (ii) with Dr. Rajeev Dhawan `Essays in Honour of Justice Krishna Iyer`(Tripathi 1980); published several legal articles in law journals of UK and India; contributed to International Law Volume edited by Dr. Kamal Hussain, Bangladesh; unpublished monograph on `Unconscionability in Contract` and occasional contributor to `Hindustan times`, `Illustrated Weekly of India`, `Probe`, `India Today` `Onlooker``Dainik Jagran and DNA; Member, Editorial Board, Congress Sandesh

Social And Cultural Activities:
Chairman (i) Dr. Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust;and (ii) Indian Institute of Export and Import Management; President (i) Delhi Public School Society, 1992-2005; (ii) Dr. Zakir Husain Study Circle: (iii) Jasne Gul Pharosan (Phoolwaloon Ke Sair); (iii)Marcus Murch Memorial Theatre Foundation; and (iv) Pet Welfare Club of India; Chief Patron, Okhla Industries Association, New Delhi; Patron (i) New Era Public School, New Delhi; (ii) All India Rajiv Gandhi Pragatisheel Vichar Congress; (iii) Delhi Amateur Boxing Associaiton; (iv) Uttar Pradesh Friends Forum; (v) Sarv Dharam Prem Sandesh Samiti; (vi) Dipsites Association, (DPS) Alumni; (vii) Delhi Wushu Association (Regd.);(viii) Mother Teresa Foundation; and (ix) SAMLA (South Asian Minority Lawyers Association); Trustee, Dhiren Bhagat Memorial Trust; Member (i) Majlis-e-Mushawarat; (ii) Central Wakf Council; (iii)Maulana Azad Educational Foundation; (iv) Managing Committee, Crescent Public School;(v)Executive Council, Jamia Millia Islamia University, 1990-95;(vi) Governing Body, Mayo College, 1996; and (vii) University Court, Aligarh Muslim University

Special Interests:
Wildlife and Adventure

Favourite Pastime and Recreation:
Theatre, reading (history and biographies) and media

Sports and Clubs:
Cricket and squash

Countries Visited:
Widely travelled

Other Information:
Enrolled at the Bar, Supreme Court of India, 1997; appeared in miscellaneous and regular matters in the Supreme Court of India in Constitutional, Commercial and other matters, drafted briefs in various fields of law, including Commercial and Constitutional matters, Arbitration, Contract, Sale of goods, Company law, Service and Labour matter and Opinion work, argued several leading cases of Constitutional Rights, Civil Liberties, including Press Law and Freedom of Expression, 1982-84; O.S.D. in the Prime Minister`s Office with Late Smt. Indira Gandhi, 1981-82; Senior Partner, Talib Luthra & Associates, Extensive Chamber and Court practice, escpecially in commercial, consitutional airlines, Press Law and Administrative Law; actively involved in Congress Party affairs, particularly minority affairs, since 1985; Spokeperson, All India Congress Committee, 1998-99; designated Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India, Senior Councel, and Chambers for Equity Lex Associates, 1999;Incharge (i) North East States and Programme Implementation ; and (ii) five States-Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Chattisgarh and West Bengal; Member, AICC Committee for Future Challenges and Opportunities

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