Ghulam Nabi Azad
(; born March 7, 1949 in Jammu and Kashmir
) is an Indian politician from the Indian National Congress
and the current Minister of Health and Family Welfare
of the Government of India.
He was the Parliamentary Affairs Minister of India in the government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
until October 27, 2005, when he was appointed as the Chief Minister
of Jammu and Kashmir. After delivering victories in several key states, including Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, the 'crisis manager' of the Congress surprised many when he led the party successfully in the 2002 Assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir.
Azad's forte is his organisational skills, having been the AICC general secretary for a record nine times and member of the powerful Congress Working Committee for 18 years, perhaps the longest period among the current leaders.
As a Union minister, he steered successive Congress governments to victory in 21 no-confidence motions including the minority government of P. V. Narasimha Rao
in the early 1990s.
Azad's first political assignment was the Block Congress Committee secretary in Bahlesa in Jammu and Kashmir's Doda district, his native place.
In 1980, he was appointed as the President of the All India Youth Congress, the first from the minority community.
After being elected to the Seventh Lok Sabha
from Maharashtra's Washim
in 1980, Azad entered into the Central government as Deputy Minister in charge of Law, Justice and Company... Read More