Kapil Sibal is a famous Indian lawyer and politician, who was born on August 8, 1948, in Jalandhar in Punjab. His family was rendered homeless and his father was forced to migrate to India during partition.
Kapil Sibal moved to Delhi in 1964. After his schooling from St John’s High School in Chandigarh, he joined St. Stephen’s college, University of Delhi, he earned his LL.B degree from Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, and later an M.A. in history.
Afterwards, he attended the Harvard Law School where he enrolled for an LL.M. which he completed in 1977.
Political Journey of Kapil Sibal
Kapil Sibal joined the bar association in 1970 and started practicing law. In 1983, Kapil Sibal was assigned as a senior lawyer and was even made the Additional Solicitor General of India.
Kapil Sibal also served as the President of the Supreme Court Bar association thrice. Kapil Sibal entered politics in 1998 when he was appointed as the member of the Rajya Sabha from Bihar.
Sibal became an MP by winning the Chandni Chowk constituency against TV actor Smriti Irani of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the National Capital Territory representing the Congress Party and was inducted into the Cabinet under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as Union Minister for Science, Technology and Earth Sciences.
He won the constituency of Chandni Chowk for the second time for the Indian National Congress in the Lok Sabha elections of 2009.
He has been one of the important ministers in the UPA government, playing a vital role in the Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ministry of Communications and IT and Ministry of Law and Justice.
Activities and Achievements
Several significant strides that the UPA government took in the field of HRD and IT & Communications are attributed to Kapil Sibal’s visionary leadership.
Sibal was the first-ever Indian MP to visit the research sites in Antarctica and motivate the scientists. He also inaugurated India’s own research station (Himadri) in July 2008, making India the 11th country to have established a full-fledged research station in the Arctic zone.
He has been honoured with the ‘Padma Bhushan’ award for his distinguished services in the field of Public Affairs in 2006, by the Government of India.
In 2009, Kapil Sibal was inducted into the Honorary Senate of the Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureates Meetings for his contribution in the field of science and technology.
In 2010, the New York-based Institute of International Education conferred upon Sibal the prestigious ‘Stephen P Duggan Award for mutual understanding’, for his support towards ‘fostering global collaboration in education’.
Apart from being a politician and advocate, Sibal is also a poet and lyricist. An anthology of Kapil Sibal’s poems titled I Witness: Partial Observation was published by Roli Books, in August 2008.
In the movie Shoorgul he also worked as a lyricist fpor the song in the movie.
He has also contributed several articles on various prominent issues such as security, nuclear proliferation, and terrorism in national dailies and periodicals.
Mr. Sibal followed the footsteps of his father; his father was also a renowned lawyer. Sibal was honoured with the name “Living Legend of the Law” by the International Bar Association.
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