Dr. Bizay Sonkar Shastri
|National Spokesperson, BJP|
|Former Chairman of the National Commission for SC/ST Tribes (Govt. Of India)|
|Member of Parliament|
|Born||24th September 1959|
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Spouse(s)||Dr. Suman Sonkar Shastri|
|Relations||Shri Rajnath Sonkar Shastri (elder brother)|
|Children||Vishesh Sonkar Shastri (Son) Vikalp Sonkar Shastri (Son)|
|Parents||Shri Shivlal Sonkar "Neta Ji" (Father) Smt. Munni Devi (Mother)|
|Residence||9,Vithal Bhai Patel House, Rafi Marg, New Delhi 110001|
|Alma mater||Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh Pradesh|
Dr Bizay Sonkar Shastri (born 24 September 1959) is an Indian politician, journalist, a film director, and a social worker from Varanasi. He began his political career on 19 January 1998 after his visit to Germany. For his determination and hard work, he became a member of Bharatiya Janata Party. His first political campaign took place on 22 January 1998. He delivered his first ever election speech in the presence of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Political career[edit | edit source]
Bizay Sonkar Shastri started his political career on 19 January 1998 after coming back from Germany. Seeing his hard work and determination towards Indian Politics, he got a place in Bharatiya Janata Party as a working member. It was possibly the result of his determination and hard work that the party gave him an opportunity to fight an election. He started his political campaign on 22 January 1998. He gave his first election speech in the presence of Shri Atal Bihari VajpayeeJi.
He filed a nomination on 24 January 1998 from Saidpur (Lok Sabha constituency) seat to fight his first ever election. The voting was held on 16 February 1998, and the results came on 2 March 1998. He won his first ever election and got elected as a member of Legislative Assembly.
After this, on 22 March, he was chosen as the Chairman of ST/SC Commission (Government of India). In 2004, he was appointed as the Vice-chairman of National SC/ST front (BJP). He was elected as the National Executive Member of Bharatiya Janata Party in 2008 for his work strategy and diligence.
He has devoted his entire life to serve the nation and the public. He has always thought about the interest of the nation and public welfare. This is why he has always been a part of the works related to public welfare and social upliftment.
Social work[edit | edit source]
Dr. Bizay Sonkar Shastri has been contributing towards the upliftment of Indian culture from a very young age. He founded an organization named Mahavidya Yogpeeth where Veda and Purana, the important parts of Indian culture were taught. Apart from this, he contributed remarkably towards the upliftment of yoga, agam-nigam, Ayurveda, and Indian classical music.
From time to time, he has contributed tremendously in Indian cultural organizations like Sanskar Bharti, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, Swadeshi Jagaran Manch and Pradesh Gau Raksha Samvardhan Samiti. He made an important contribution towards encouraging the Indian games under which he kept the foundation of Indian Traditional Games Organization - Akhil Bhartiya Niyuddh Sports Association.
Before his political career, he had been struggling for the oppressed and the underprivileged. In 1980, apart from teaching in Banaras Hindu University, he had helped the underprivileged students by providing them financial aid by making arrangements such as clothes, books, and bicycle for them. Moreover, he worked to resolve issues of students of the oppressed class related to their education and hostel. Also, he worked on raising awareness regarding student rights.
Since 1990, as a part of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, he took significant steps towards raising awareness about cleanliness and popularizing the importance of education amongst the masses. Apart from this, cow protection, their importance, and kind behavior towards them have been an integral part of his ideology that he had popularized among the masses.
Looking at the way he has executed his roles and responsibilities as a member of Legislative Assembly, the then Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee praised him in the preamble of a book. He raised many questions in the Parliament. Dr. Bizay Sonkar Shastri has worked as the last chairman of National SC/ST (Government Of India). The commission was separated, and a new tribal ministry was formed on his recommendations.
In 2002, a proposal prepared by Dr. Bizay Sonkar Shastri was given written approval by the Ministry of Information Technology, Reserve Bank of India and Life Insurance Corporation. The proposal included a Multi-Functional Entitlement Card which forms the basis for today's “Aadhaar Card” and various other insurance schemes running on minimum premiums.
Literary Works[edit | edit source]
Apart from his strong inclination towards social work and politics, he has written a lot many books on social issues as a way to carry forward his interest in literary works.
Early life[edit | edit source]
Shastri ji spent his early years of life in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, where he completed his primary education from Central Hindu Boys School and intermediate education from National Inter College. After this, he completed his Masters from the famous Banaras Hindu University and then completed his degrees in MBA, Ph.D., and scriptures. Being a prudent student, his interest grew in writing. He also wrote many books.
He also contributed as the Secretary of the Department of Literature in Sanskar Bharti Organization in his initial days. After this, he efficiently headed various responsibilities which were assigned to him in Vishwa Hindu Parishad.
He had written on the topic of social harmony after extensive research which was promoted by Vishva Hindu Parishad and Sangh Parivar. He also served as the Chairman at a national level in Social Cohesion Dimension for many years later on.
Apart from this, he served as a representative of the university, a journalist and a sub-editor in Vande Mataram Magazine.
Personal life[edit | edit source]
Born to a freedom fighter Shri Shivlal Sonkar (Netaji) and Smt. Munni Devi on 24 September 1959 in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, Dr. Bizay Sonkar has four brothers and four sisters. His wife Dr. Suman Sonkar Shastri is a social worker and serves as the main trustee of “Grihalaxmi” trust. He has two sons. His elder brother Shri Rajnath Sonkar is a Member of Parliament.
References[edit | edit source]
- "Biographical Sketch of Member of 12th Lok Sabha". www.indiapress.org. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
- Pathak, Vikas (29 October 2015). "Dalits were upper castes: BJP leader". Retrieved 2 April 2018 – via www.thehindu.com.
- Valmiki community have Brahmin past says BJP leader Bizay Sonkar Shastri
- "Press: BJP National Spokesperson, Dr. Bizay Sonkar Shastri". www.bjp.org. Retrieved 2 April 2018.