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Biographical Sketch
Member of Parliament
13th Lok Sabha



Father's Name                 Late Shri V. Sankar Aiyar
Mother's Name  
              Late Smt. Bhagyalakshmi Sankar Aiyar
Date of Birth      
             10 April 1941
Place of Birth
                  Lahore (now in Pakistan)
Marital Status
Date of Marriage
             14 January 1973
Spouse's Name  
              Smt. Suneet Mani Aiyar
No. of Daughters 
                   B.A. (Hons.), M.A. (Economics)
Qualifications                  Educated at the Doon School, Dehradun, St. Stephen's College, University of
                                       Delhi (Delhi) and Trinity Hall, Cambridge University (U.K.)

Permanent Address
         12, Avaiyambalpuram, Mayiladuturai-609 001
Present Address              523, Sainik Farms, Western Avenue, Lane W-23, New Delhi-110 062
                                       Tel. (011) 6866096    Fax. (011) 3017047
                                       E.Mail (i)     (ii)

Positions Held

1991                    Elected to 10th Lok Sabha
1991-92                Member, Committee on Environment and Forests
1992                    Elected to All India Congress Committee (AICC)
1992-96                Member, Committee on Human Resource Development;
                            Member, Committee on External Affairs
1998                    Secretary, All India Congress Committee
1999                    Elected to 13th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
1999-2000            Member, Committee on Urban and Rural Development

Books Published

(i) "Remembering Rajiv", Rupa, New Delhi : 1992; (ii) "One Year in Parliament", Konark, New Delhi : 1993;
(iii) "Pakistan Papers", UBSPD, New Delhi : 1995; (iv) "Rajiv Gandhi's India", 4 vols.
(General Editor), UBSPD, New Delhi : 1997

Literary, Artistic and Scientific Accomplishments

Eminent columnist and contributor to various  newspapers and periodicals, in India and abroad

Favourite Pastime and Recreation   Reading, writing and music

Sports and Clubs  Member, Delhi Gymkhana Club and India International Centre, New Delhi

Countries Visited  Widely travelled, went on several delegations abroad while in the Indian Foreign Service

Other Information

Founder President, Society for Secularism; Member, Indian Foreign Service, 1963-89; Consul-General,
Karachi, 1978-82; Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, 1982-83; Special Assistant to former
Congress (I) President, Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi,  1989-91; Trustee, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation;
Member, Governing Council, Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Contemporary Studies; Member, Court, Visvabharati,
1991-96; Member, Court, Aligarh Muslim University, 1991-96; Member, Court, Pondicherry University,
1995-96; Member, Court, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 1999-2000


Election Result of Mayiladuturai Lok Sabha Constituency

Total electorate             10,30,626
Total votes polled           6,55,586
Poll percentage                 63.61%
Valid votes                     6,45,796

Votes polled in favour of the first four leading candidates:

(1) Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar          (I.N.C.)                 3,24,384     50.23%
(2) Shri P.D.   Arul   Mozhi             (P.M.K.)                 2,84,253     44.02%
(3) Shri K. Krishnamoorthy          [T.M.C.(M)]              34,998     5.42%
(4) Shri S. Balasundaram            [C.P.I.(ML)(L)]           2,161     0.33%


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