Shanta Kumar is a BJP veteran who was born and bred in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ideology. He was hardly 17 when in 1953 he was arrested during Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s Kashmir Andolan. With a political career spanning more than five decades, he was one of the founder- members of Bharatiya Jana Sangh and member of its National Working Committee. In 1977 he became the first-ever non-Congress Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh. Presently, he is the National Vice-President of Bharatiya Janata Party. His first tenure as chief minister is remembered as paaniwala Mukhya Mantri, and for innovative Antyodaya Yojna, and fighting for Himachal’s rights which had been ignored at the time of reorganization of Punjab.
His second tenure as chief minister was marked by his pioneering campaign to introduce private sector participation to exploit the vast potential in power generation and tourism the State had. He introduced the innovative scheme of installing hand-pumps in every part of the State to tide over water shortage. He succeeded in getting Union Government agree to grant 12 per cent free power to the State for the... Read More