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A brief biography
As in 2019, May
Born: Jan 30, 1951
Experience: 3 Rajya Sabha Terms
A successful minister and astute political manager, Javadekar helmed three different ministries in the first Modi government. He was minister of state (independent charge) for environment, forests and climate change, a tenure he used to reduce red tape around clearances and to enforce pollution norms for industry in sensitive zones like along the Ganga.
He was also the minister of state for information and broadcasting and for parliamentary affairs, before being elevated to cabinet rank for the HRD portfolia, in which post he notably avoided the controversies his predecessor had got enmeshed in.
Javadekar began working fulltime for BJP after resigning his job with Bank of Maharashtra in 1981.
In a 35-year-long association with the party, the 68-year-old Brahmin has held various organisational posts at the state and national levels, including general se cretary of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha.
His importance to the saffron party is reflected in his being given charge of states like Rajasthan and Karnataka which required deft handling of senior party leaders and concluding alliances with influential individuals.