Ravi Shankar Prasad was born on 30 August 1954 is an Indian lawyer, politician and the present Union Minister holding Law and Justice and Electronics and Information Technology portfolio in the Government of India. A representative of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Prasad represents the state of Bihar as a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha. During the NDA Government under Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s prime ministership, Prasad held the position of Minister of State in the Ministry of Coal and Mines, the Ministry of Law and Justice, and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. He is also a designated senior advocate in the Supreme Court of India.
Early life and family
Son of late Thakur Prasad and Bimla Prasad, Ravi was born in Patna on August 30, 1954. His association with politics was by his father who was not only a High Court lawyer at the Patna High Court but also one of the founders of Jan Sangh, the organization that existed before the formation of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). After post-graduation in Political Science, Ravi Shankar Prasad accomplished his bachelor in law (LL.B) degree from the Patna University. He got married to Dr. Maya Shankar on February 3, 1982, and the couple had a daughter and a son.
He is a senior lawyer at the apex court since 2000. However, Prasad started his career in 1980 at the Patna High Court. He pleaded against the then CM of Bihar Lalu Prasad Yadav in the fodder scam, in favor of the deity in Ram Temple suit, and argued in many more high profile cases.
Ravi Shankar Prasad worked to prominence in politics as an ABVP activist and also a devoted RSS worker. As a part of Jayprakash Narayan’s Total Revolution movement, he went to prison for agitating against the former prime minister Indira Gandhi. Before becoming a member of the top policy-making body of BJP (National Executive) in 1995, he successfully handled many responsibilities in the student, youth wings and the main party organization.
In 2000, Prasad first became MP and Coal Minister in the first NDA government in 2001. He was made minister for Law and Justice in July 2002 and Minister of Information and Broadcasting in 2003. In 2006, he not only became a Rajya Sabha member but also went on to become BJP’s national spokesperson. In 2012 Prasad became Deputy Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha. After the emphatic win of BJP in 2014, the Prime Minister provided him more than one portfolio to manage including Communications & Information Technology and Law and Justice. However, after the November reshuffle, he is left with the former portfolio.
Some of the decisions and initiatives taken by Ravi Shankar Prasad during his running tenure include special initiatives to promote e-commerce in India (per the mega plans of Narendra Modi government), decision to boost Business Process Outsourcing even in small towns as well as cities throughout India, implementation of $18 billion programme for bringing ‘digital revolution’ in India including expansion of broadband internet’s reach to 250,000 villages by the end of the year 2016, important data access through mobiles, etc.