Swami Agnivesh profile and biography former education minister of Haryana


Swami Agnivesh is an Indian social worker, who worked as a Haryana State Minister for Education from 1979 to 1982. To know more about Swami Agnivesh please read the following article.

Swami Agnivesh is a self-titled Arya Samaj scholar, and a Hindu social activist who became a member of the Legislative Assembly of Haryana in 1977, and served as a State Minister for Education from 1979 to 1982.

Swami Agnivesh was born on September 21, 1939, in Sakti, Chhattisgarh. He was born Shyam Vepa Rao, and his grandfather was a Diwan (finance minister) of the princely state of Shakti in Chhatisgarh.

Swami Agnivesh received his degrees in Law and Economics in Calcutta and also worked as a lecturer of Business Management at St. Xavier's College, Calcutta, from 1963 to 1968. He is better known across India for his campaigns against bonded labour, and is founder-head of the Bandhu Mukti Morcha (Bonded Labour Liberation Front).

Swami Agnivesh Political career
Agnivesh founded Arya Sabha, a political party in 1970 and became a member of the Legislative Assembly of Haryana in 1977. He also served as a State Minister for Education from 1979 to 1982. Agnivesh also founded World Council of Arya Samaj and served as the chairperson of the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery from 2001 to 2004.

Agnivesh took part in the anti-corruption protests in India in August 2011. He also worked as member of Anna Hazare Core team.

He is working as a National Coordinator for Adhyatma Jagran Manch (Spiritual Awakening Movement) since April 2003.

Awards won by Swami Agnivesh
· Anti Slavery International Award : London 1990
· Freedom and Human Rights Award : Bern, Switzerland 1994
· Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award : New Delhi 2004
· Right Livelihood Award 2004 : Sweden (Alternative Nobel Prize)

Now you will watch him in a new role as Swami Agnivesh has made the wild card entry in Bigg Boss 5 on Tuesday.


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