Kiren Rijiju is an Indian politician from Arunachal Pradesh who serves as the Cabinet Minister of Law and Justice in the Government of India. Rijiju was born on 19 November 1971 at Nakhu near Nafra in West Kameng District of Arunachal Pradesh in India. He is the son of Rinchin Kharu and Chirai Rijiju.
His father was the first pro-tem speaker of Arunachal Pradesh who gave an oath to the Members of the First State Legislative Assembly. His wife is Joram Rina Rijiju; they were married in 2004. She is a graduate of Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi, and is a gold medalist from Arunachal University. Rijiju did his graduation degree (B.A.) from Hansraj College, University of Delhi. Further, in 1998, he did his graduate degree in law (L.L.B) from Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi.
Kiren Rijiju is considered the face of the Bharatiya Janata Party in North East India. He served as a Member of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission from 2000 to 2005 at the very young age of 29. Rijiju was appointed as India’s Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports in 2019. He occasionally writes articles on security and socio-economic issues.
In the 2004 general election, he was elected as a member of the 14th Lok Sabha, representing the constituency of Arunachal West in the Indian Parliament, which is the fourth largest Parliamentary constituency (in terms of Area) in India. He was one of the most articulate and outspoken Parliamentarians in the 14th Lok Sabha. Rijiju entered the Lok Sabha for the second time in 2014 from the Arunachal (West) constituency of Arunachal Pradesh in India.
During 2004-09, Rijiju was placed among the top 5 opposition MPs reviewed by their peers in the treasury bench based on high benchmarks in debates, discussions, and decorum and was placed among stalwarts like L.K. Advani. He was also chosen as the best young MP by many national news agencies and magazines.
In the 2009 general election, Rijiju was defeated by a very thin margin of 1314 votes by the Congress candidate under very controversial circumstances which witnessed massive violence amidst allegations of widespread polling booth capturing by the Indian National Congress Party.
In the 2014 general election, Rijiju was again elected as a Member of Parliament in the 16th Lok Sabha, representing the Arunachal West constituency. Rijiju defeated Takam Sanjoy of the Indian National Congress by a margin of 43,738 votes. Immediately he found a place in Narendra Modi’s first best of 45 Council of Minister’s list as Minister of State for Home.
In 2017 made a controversial statement and said that “Rohingyas are illegal immigrants and stand to be deported”. He also stated that “India has absorbed a maximum number of refugees in the world so nobody should give India any lessons on how to deal with refugees”.
Kiren Rijiju again got elected in 2019 by the highest ever record margin of votes and became Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports and Minister of State for Ministry of Minority Affairs.
In July 2021, he became Cabinet Minister of Law and Justice in the Second Modi ministry when the cabinet overhaul happened.
- Adjudged as the Best Young Parliamentarian by the Media during 14th Lok Sabha
- Recently designated by United Nations as a Disaster Risk
- Champion for Asia Pacific Region due to his work in the area of Disaster Management
- First Indian to be conferred with this Honour.
- He is known for taking daring steps and doing adventurous actions, Kiren Rijiju has emerged as a popular youth leader in India.
- He leads a disciplined lifestyle and maintains good physical fitness. He was named the best athlete in his school and college days and participated in the National Games
- Wrote many articles in newspapers and magazines relating to social, cultural, and political issues;
- Has a special interest in Strategic & Security Affairs.
- Member, Khadi and Village Industries Commission, Government of India, 2001- 2004 Member of many National and International organizations.
- Wrote many articles in newspapers and magazines relating to social, cultural and political issues.