Shri Salman Khurshid, External Affairs Minister Shri Salman Khurshid is a renowned Lawyer-Educationist-Writer-Politician who in 1953 was born into a distinguished family of educationists cum national leaders who have served the country with great distinction for over three generations. His maternal grand father Dr Zakir Hussain was a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi and went on to become the third President of India. His father, Shri Khurshid Alam Khan, was a noted Parliamentarian, Union Minister of State for External Affairs and also Governor of Karnataka and Goa.
Shri Khurshid earned his BA (English-Hons) from St Stephens College, Delhi and M.A, B.C.L from St Edmund Hall, Oxford University. Shri Khurshid is an Educationist and served as President of Delhi Public School Society from 1992-2005 and is presently on the Dr Zakir Hussain Delhi College Trust.
An active Party worker, Shri Khurshid served as the President of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee from 1998-2000 and later from 2004-08 having in the interregnum served as the Chairman of the Congress Party’s Foreign Affairs Cell and General Secretary of the Party. Shri Khurshid was earlier Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the office of Late PM Smt Indira Gandhi in 1981-82 looking after Judicial Appointments and International Speeches.
Shri Khurshid represents Farrukhabad Constituency in Uttar Pradesh for the second time in Lok Sabha. During his earlier term in the Lok Sabha from 1991-96, he served as the Deputy Minister of Commerce and later as the Minister of State for External Affairs. During the current term in Lok Sabha, he has held various important portfolios such as the Minister of State (Independent charge) of Minority Affairs and Corporate Affairs. Later, he was elevated as a Union Cabinet Minister of Water Resources and Minority Affairs.
In July 2011, he took over as the Union Cabinet Minister of Law and Justice with an additional charge of Minority Affairs. Shri Khurshid took office as the External Affairs Minister on October 28, 2012.
Shri Khurshid has a passion for writing. His acclaimed play “Sons of Babur” has been translated into several languages and performed across the country as well as in UK. “At Home in India” and “If Winter Comes” are amongst the better known books of the author. His other interests include Cricket, Squash, Wildlife and Adventure and reading biographies.