Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi

Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi is an Indian politician, internationally known for his erudition, scholarship and statesmanship. A founder General Secretary of the BJP, (with Shri. A. B. Vajpayee as President and Shri L.K. Advani as the other General Secretary) currently he is a member of its Parliamentary Board and is head of the BJP Manifesto Committee for the 2014 elections.

He excelled in his academic pursuits in many dimensions. A physicist by training, he published a research paper in Hindi, a first of its kind. Dr. Joshi then took up a teaching position at Allahabad University. He headed the Meghnad Saha Laboratory and retired as Professor and head of the Physics Department. Shaped by an association with RSS in his early formative years, Joshi took part in several mass movements in his young days.

Dr. Joshi spent the Emergency years (1975-77) in jail. Shortly thereafter, he was elected to Parliament from the hilly district of Almora; Janata Party, the Party affiliated to his organization, Bharatiya Jan Sangh (BJS), was victorious in Parliament. It went on to form the first non-Congress government in 1977. He was elected the General Secretary of the Janata Parliamentary Party.

In 1980, the erstwhile BJS formed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Dr. Joshi the founder General Secretary of the BJP went on to hold other key positions in the Party – Treasurer (1981-1983), and President (1991-1993). Dr. Joshi’s experience in matters of governance of the country is equally significant. He has served as Cabinet Minister 1998 to 2004 and had simultaneous charge of three ministries as India’s Minister for Human Resources Development, Science & Technology and Ocean Development. This was his second stint as a Cabinet Minister. Earlier in the first Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government in 1996, he was the Union Home Minister.

Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi at Jaipur Literature Festival

Yesterday Dr. Joshi participated in the closing debate at the Jaipur Literature Festival. The topic of the debate was “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the rest.” Dr. Joshi thanks the organizers of Jaipur Literature Festival for organizing the debate.

Democracy is essential for the development of a powerful and prosperous India, which is rooted in our ancient understanding of ‘Ekam Sad Viprah Bahudha Vadanti” (truth or reality is one but wise men describe it in different ways) and ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbukam’ – that the world is a family.

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