Jairam Ramesh - Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF)

Bio

Jairam Ramesh was born on 9 April 1954 in Chikmagalur. He was a Member of Parliament representing Andhra Pradesh state in the Rajya Sabha. He was the  Minister of State (Independent Charge) at the Ministry of Environment and Forests from May 2009 to July 2011.

Ramesh was strongly influenced by the personal life of Jawaharlal Nehru since he was very young. He was fascinated by Nehru’s modern approach to life, his bringing change in a traditional society and his liberal, humanist, rational approach to life, religion, men and civic matters. He considers himself a product of the Nehruvian era in many ways. An additional influence was Mahatma Gandhi. whom he originally saw as anti-modern, anti-science and anti-West.  As he grew older and read Gandhi more and viewed him in the political and historical context in which he operated, he came to appreciate and acknowledge Gandhi much more. He has also studied Rabindranath Tagore  deeply.