Ambika Soni is an eminent Indian Politician, member of Indian National Congress and the former Minister of Information and Broadcasting. She is also an elected Member of Parliament representing Punjab in the Rajya Sabha. She remained the Minister of Tourism and Culture from 2006-2009. She was also appointed to implement discipline in the faction-ridden Congress in Kerala.
Early Life of Ambika Soni
Ambika Soni was born on 13th November 1943 to Late Shri Nakul Sen, I.C.S and Shrimati Indu Nakul Sen at undivided Punjab, Lahore. She studied at Indraprastha College, Delhi University, Alliance Francaise, Bangkok and University of Havana, Cuba and obtains subsequently B.A. (Hons.), Diploma Langue Francaise, Post-Graduate Diploma in Spanish Art and Literature. On 14 October 1961, she got married to Shri Uday C. Soni and the couple has one son.
Political Career of Ambika Soni
In 1975, Ambika Soni was chosen as the President of Indian Youth Congress. Ambika Soni was selected to Rajya Sabha on March 1976. In the year 1998, she became the President of All India Mahila Congress. She became the General Secretary of All India Congress Committee in the year 1999 and she held the post onwards. On Jan. 2000, she was again elected to Rajya Sabha. From Jan 2000 to Feb. 2004, she has served as the member of Committee on Public Undertakings. She also held the position of Member of Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Civil Aviation from Aug. 2004 onwards.
During her political career Ambika Soni has held various positions that are listed below:
1975 President, Indian Youth Congress
March 1976 Elected to Rajya Sabha
1998 President, All India Mahila Congress
1999 onwards General Secretary, All India Congress Committee
Jan. 2000 Elected to Rajya Sabha (resigned w.e. f. 10 June 2004)
Jan. 2000-Feb. 2004 and Aug. 2004-Jan. 2006 Member, Committee on Public Undertakings
Jan. 2000 - Feb. 2004 Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Civil Aviation
Feb. 2000-2001 Member, Committee on Defence
May 2000 -June 2003 Member, House Committee
Jan. 2002-Dec. 2003 Member, Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture
Jan. 2003-Feb. 2004 Member, Committee on Home Affairs
July 2004 Elected to Rajya Sabha
Aug. 2004 - Jan. 2006 Member, Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture
Oct. 2004 - Jan. 2006 Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Environment and Forests
March 2005 - Jan. 2006 Member, Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh
29 Jan. 2006-22 May 2009 Minister of Tourism and Minister of Culture
22 May 2009 - 27 October 2012 she was Minister of Information and Broadcasting in UPA II government.
In July 2010 she was re-elected to Rajya Sabha.