New Delhi, July 18, 2017: Opposition parties’ last week decided to name Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi as it’s Vice Presidential candidate.
Currently, he is a professor of Political Science, History and Indian Civilisations at Ashoka University.
Gandhi was born on April 22, 1945, to Devdas Gandhi and C Rajagopalachari’s daughter Lakshmi. He completed his Masters in English Literature from Delhi University’s St. Stephens College.
He got married to Tara Gandhi, the couple has two daughters named, Divya and Amrita.
Gandhi served as an IAS officer from 1968 till 1992, after that he took voluntary retirement from service.
Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson has also been the Secretary to the Vice President from 1985 to 1987, Joint Secretary to President from 1987 to 1992 and served as Secretary to President in 1997. He has been the Governor of West Bengal from 2004 to 2009.
Besides from his diplomatic, bureaucratic journey, Gandhi has been an author, playwright and columnist. He translated Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy into Hindi and wrote a novel on Sri Lanka’s Tamil plantation workers and a play in verse on Dara Shikoh.
Other prominent posts served by Gopalkrishna Gandhi
- Minister (Culture) in the High Commission of India, UK
- Director of The Nehru Centre in London
- High Commissioner for India in Lesotho
- High Commissioner for India in Sri Lanka in 2000
- Ambassador of India in Norway in 2002
- Ambassador of India in Iceland
- Chairman of Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai (2012-2014)