“I don’t want you to vote for Congress leader Kamal Nath, I want you to vote for my third son Kamal Nath,” these were the words of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi when she fielded Kamal Nath from Chhindwara in the 1980 Lok Sabha elections.
Yesterday, Kamal Nath, 72, stands out among the many loyalists of Nehru-Gandhi family who spent most of their lives in Delhi and stood by the Parivar in the most difficult of times. Set to become Madhya Pradesh’s chief minister, Nath is arguably the only top confindante of the Gandhi family who is still in active politics. Nath’s strong ties can be judged by the fact that he served three generations of the family, starting his career in the Indira Gandhi era, continuing in Rajiv Gandhi’s regime, to serving the current heir, Rahul Gandhi.
— Congress (@INCIndia) December 13, 2018
Key Facts About Kamalnath
Personal background of Kamal Nath
Kamal Nath was born on November 18, 1946 in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. He studied at The Doon School and graduated with B.Com. from the St. Xavier’s College, University of Calcutta. He got married to Alka Nath on January 27, 1973.
He married Alka Nath on 27 January 1973 and has two sons.
Business career of Kamal Nath
- President of the board of governors for the Institute of Management Technology (IMT)
- Chairman of Madhya Pradesh Child Development Council
- Nath emphasizes the need for infrastructure development in India with projects like the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, a 90 billion dollars industrial development project.Controversies
Rice export accusations – In 2007, during Kamal Nath’s tenure as Commerce minister, an Empowered Group of Ministers that included Nath, Pranab Mukherjee, and Sharad Pawar helped lift a ban on the export of non-basmati rice. It was alleged that PSUs involved in export of this rice to Africa outsourced the efforts to domestic private companies. It is claimed that the private companies made large profits while the PSUs reported small margins.
A book named India’s Environmental Concerns was published by him.