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SOAS South Asia Institute

Challenges of Democracy in India

Shri Salman Khurshid

Shri Salman Khurshid

Hon’ble External Affairs Minister of India Shri Salman Khurshid

Date: 12 March 2014Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 12 March 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Lecture

Series: SSAI Seminar Programme

Audio Recording

Challenges of Democracy in India, Honourable External Affairs Minister of India Shri Salman Khurshid



Shri Salman Khurshid (b. 1953, son of Shri Khurshid Alam Khan and grandson of Dr Zakir Hussain) is a renowned lawyer, educationist, writer and politician. He earned his BA (English-Hons) from St Stephens College, Delhi and an MA, BCL from St Edmund Hall, Oxford University. 

As an active Party worker, Mr Khurshid served as the President of the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee between 1998-2000 and 2004-08, having in the interregnum served as the Chairman of the Congress Party’s Foreign Affairs Cell and as General Secretary of the Party. From 1981-82, Mr Khurshid served as OSD in the office of the late Prime Minister Smt Indira Gandhi, with responsibility for judicial appointments and international speeches. Mr Khurshid is currently representing the constituency of Farrukhabad in Uttar Pradesh for the second time in the Lok Sabha. 

During his first term in the Lok Sabha (1991-96), he served first as Deputy Minister of Commerce and later as Minister of State for External Affairs. During his current term in the 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 additional charge of Minority Affairs. Mr Khurshid took office as the External Affairs Minister on October 28, 2012.

Mr Khurshid is also a noted litterateur.  His acclaimed play 'Sons of Babur' has been translated into several languages and performed across India as well as in UK, and At Home in India and If Winter Comes are among his better known books.

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