was born in Shimla in the state of Himachal Pradesh on January 5, 1953. He has
been a prominent leader of the student and youth movement in India. He was one
of the founders of NSUI, the student wing of the Indian National Congress.
After serving as the state President for Himachal Pradesh and National General
Secretary, he rose to become the President of the Indian Youth Congress in
1985. He has worked closely with late Prime Minister Mr Rajiv Gandhi. He was
educated at Shimla and was first elected to Parliament in 1984 at the age of
Sharma has been a prominent public face of the Indian National Congress and
was Chief Spokesman of the party for six years. He was elevated to the Union
Council of Ministers with responsibility for Foreign Affairs in January, 2006.
He also assumed the additional charge of Union Minister of State for
Information & Broadcasting in October 2008.
been given the responsibility in the Union Cabinet of India as Minister for
Commerce and Industry and assumed charge on 29th May, 2009. As Commerce and
Industry Minister he re-energized the stalled Doha round talks by convening a
Ministerial meeting in Delhi. The India-ASEAN agreement, India-Korea CECA,
India-Malaysia CECA, and India-Japan CEPA were also signed during his tenure.
As a measure of simplifying the Foreign Investment policy regime a
consolidated FDI Policy document was released by him. Anand Sharma brings to
his Ministerial assignment a vast reservoir of knowledge in international
affairs. He has considerable experience in representing his party and India at
diplomatic interactions at all levels and has either led or been a member of
delegations to over 90 countries. He has been a key organizer of several major
international conferences, including the First Non-Aligned Youth Conference in
1985 in New Delhi which was attended by delegates from 82 countries, and has
been sent by the Prime Minster of India as Special Envoy for various sensitive
assignments. He also assumed additional charge of the Textiles Ministry in
Sharma is recognized for his personal commitment to the struggle against
Apartheid in South Africa. As President of the Indian Youth Congress, he was
instrumental in convening an International Youth Conference against Apartheid
in New Delhi to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the African National
Congress in January 1987. In addition to being Chairman of the Indian
Anti-Apartheid Movement, he also chaired the World Youth Action Against
Apartheid. He was appointed to observe the South African Transition Process
and Elections in 1994 by the Commonwealth Secretary-General.
Sharma was proactively associated with the convening of the International
Conference, as its Secretary General, to mark the centenary of the Satyagraha
organized by the Indian National Congress in New Delhi in January, 2007.
The Conference was attended by representative leadership delegations from 91
countries and 122 organisations. In pursuance of the Conference
declaration, he moved India’s Resolution, co-sponsored by 142 member-states,
at the UN General Assembly on 15 June 2007, to observe Mahatma Gandhi’s
birthday on 2nd October as the International Day of Non-Violence. The
resolution was adopted unanimously by the UNGA.
Sharma is a lawyer by education and is well-conversant with parliamentary and
legislative procedures and as a member of the panel of chairpersons for Rajya
Sabha has presided over sittings of the House.
He is the
Editor of the Book – ‘Gandhian Way’, capturing the epic saga of
Satyagraha of Mahatma Gandhi and has Authored the book – ‘Journey of a
Nation: Indian National Congress’ – a commemorative publication to mark
125 years of foundation of the Indian National Congress.
He was Convenor of the Editorial Board of the ‘5th Volume of ‘A
Centenary History of the Indian National Congress’.
deeply involved in work relating to autism and disabilities.
has keen interest in sports and has been a member of the Sports Authority of
Sharma is married to Dr Zenobia Sharma. They have two children.
interests include cricket, hiking, travelling, reading books on philosophy and
history; listening to Indian and western classical music.
conferred “The Order of the Companion of Volta”, top Ghanaian civilian
award by President J.A. Koufour on 10 November 2008 in recognition of his
commitment to South-South Cooperation. He was also honoured with the
“Commander of the National Order of Merit”, highest civilian award by the
President of Ivory Coast on 14 January 2009.
He was also given a Special Award by South African President, Jacob
Zuma on the occasion of 150 Years of the First Arrivals of Indians in South
Africa in recognition of his contribution in strengthening India-South Africa