Ram Madhav

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Ram Madhav
Born (1964-08-22) 22 August 1964 (age 54)
Alma materUniversity of Mysore
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party

Ram Madhav (born 22 August 1964) is an Indian politician, writer and journalist. He serves as the National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party.[1][2] He was a member of the National Executive of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and has authored several books. His latest is Uneasy Neighbours: India and China after Fifty Years of the War.[3][4][5]

Early life[edit]

Madhav was born to Janaki Devi in Amalapuram in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh on 22 August 1964.[6] Primarily a student of engineering, he earned his Diploma in Electrical Engineering from Andhra Pradesh.[5] He has a post-graduate degree in Political Science from the University of Mysore, Karnataka.[7]

Political career[edit]

Madhav's association with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh began as a teenager. He volunteered to be a full-time worker for RSS in 1981. He was assigned to several key positions in the organization.[8]

Ram Madhav (left) being questioned by Rajdeep Sardesai during the launch of the book "The RSS" written by Walter K. Anderson and Sridhar D. Damle in New Delhi.

He was the editor of Bharatiya Pragna, a monthly magazine in English published by Pragna Bharati,[7] and associate editor of Jagriti, a Telugu weekly.[9] He worked as a journalist for over 20 years with RSS sponsored publications and authored more than twelve books. He serves as the Director of the India Foundation, an RSS-aligned think-tank focused on the issues, challenges and opportunities of the Indian polity.[10]

He served as the national spokesperson of the RSS from 2003-2014. Madhav was seconded to the BJP and appointed as one of its national general secretaries in 2014.[8],

Political positions[edit]

Foreign policy[edit]

He has called for India to take a more "proactive role in the region” in order to check China's One Belt One Road Initiative.[11] He was involved in the BJP's entry to the International Democrat Union, a worldwide grouping of right of centre political parties.[12]


  1. ^ Administrator. "National Office Bearers". bjp.org.
  2. ^ "Amit Shah: Congress will have to give ads to find candidates". IndiaToday.in. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Ram Madhav on Twitter". Twitter.
  4. ^ "Ram Madhav's new book "Uneasy Neighbours: India and China after Fifty Years of the War"". samvada.org.
  5. ^ a b "About". rammadhav.in.
  6. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/bjp-leader-ram-madhavs-mother-passes-away/articleshow/64190697.cms
  7. ^ a b "The Pracharak Is Going Places". outlookindia.com. 8 December 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  8. ^ a b "RSS leader Ram Madhav to join BJP". The Times of India.
  9. ^ "Ram Madhav is emerging as BJP's firefighter". SundayGuardianLive. 26 September 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  10. ^ "President for RSS think-tank meet". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  11. ^ "India needs to focus eastward: Ram Madhav". The Hindu. 17 January 2018. The BJP leader also called for support for India’s “proactive role in the region”, saying New Delhi would not be a “spectator” as China pushed its Belt and Road initiative forward. He called the project a “Neo-Marshall plan” in a veiled reference to the carving up of post-war Europe as akin to Chinese infrastructure projects in Asia and Africa.
  12. ^ https://www.livemint.com/Politics/88H4qUDAvAoNMjeyladNdL/BJP-joins-International-Democratic-Union.html

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