Sachin Pilot, who became the youngest Member of Parliament at the age of 26 is now serving as the Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan. In 2018, Congress won 99 seats in Rajasthan ousting Vasundhara Raje government from the state as the BJP won only 73 seats. The desert state cast its vote for 199 assembly seats on December 7, 2018.
Sachin Pilot has emerged as a matured politician and a youth icon for many Congress aspirants over his political journey.
Sachin Pilot Life and Education:
Born on September 7, 1977, Pilot graduated in English Literature (honours) degree from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, and then worked with the Delhi Bureau of the BBC and then the General Motors Corporation.
He completed his MBA from the Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania) where he specialised in multinational management and finance.
During his tenure as MP, he served as a member of the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Home Affairs, consultative committee in the Ministry of Civil Aviation and also Budget Estimates Committee of Parliament.
Son of Rajesh Pilot, he married to Farooq Abdullah’s daughter
The father of two sons and married to National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah’s daughter Sara, Pilot was selected as one of the Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum in 2008.
Pilot, who received his private pilot’s licence (PPL) from the US in 1995, is also a keen sportsman and represented Delhi in a number of National Shooting Championships.
In 2009, he became the MoS (Communication and IT) and in 2012 was elected MoS (Independent Charge) for corporate affairs.
In 2012, he became the first Indian politician to hold an MP post and Territorial Army officer’s position simultaneously.
Unlike celebrities like cricketers Kapil Dev and Mahendra Singh Dhoni; and actor Mohan Lal, who joined the force as Honorary Lieutenant Colonels, Pilot joined TA as a regular officer and got prescribed salary and incentives for the period of his service.
Sachin’s father Squadron Leader Rajesh Pilot was a fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force (IAF) and his grandfather served the Indian Army as a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO).
He set up an advocacy group, Citizens’ Alliance, to fight malnutrition in India.
But he was jolted by controversy when Paradise Papers named him.
Why Sachin Pilot is important for Congress?
It is said that Pilot became the reason of Congress’s revival in Rajasthan. Pulling the party from oceanic depth, in 2013 Congress won just 21 seats, to mountainous height this time was Pilot’s doing.
The two-time parliamentarian was appointed state in-charge and he focused all the attention there, moving away from national politics.