Chhavi Rajawat was born on Tuesday, 4 January 1977 (age 46 years; as of 2023) in village Soda, Tehsil Malpura, District Tonk, Rajasthan, India. Her zodiac sign is Capricorn.
From 1986 to 1992, she did her schooling at Rishi Valley School, Jaipur. She attended Mayo College Girls’ School, Ajmer, Rajasthan, from 1992 to 1994. She pursued a BA (honours) in English Literature at Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi, from 1994 to 1997. She did PGDM at International Infrastructure Management Manual (IIMM), from 2001 to 2003. She did a few courses including Aspen Fellowship Program, Harvard Kennedy School: Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century, and ISB: Innovations and Lessons from Emerging Markets: A South Asia Perspective. Later, she did an MBA at Balaji Institute of Modern Management, Pune. LinkedIn – Chhavi Rajawat The Times of India
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Hair Colour: Dark Brown
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Parents & Siblings
Her father, Narendra Singh Rajawat, is a manufacturer of leather goods. Her mother, Harsh Chauhan, runs a hotel in Jaipur.
Husband & Children
Her grandfather, Brigadier Raghubir Singh, was a recipient of Maha Vir Chakra.
In February 2010, she won the sarpanch elections of village council of Soda, Tonk, Rajasthan. Initially, she faced various challenges in the village like lack of clean water, inadequate healthcare facilities, and lack of educational facilities. She first worked on the issue of scarcity of water by implementing rainwater harvesting systems in the village. She then focused on improving the quality of education and helped in improving the literacy rate in the village.
As her village also lacked proper healthcare facilities, she organised various medical camps to ensure that basic healthcare services were accessible to all. She also promoted hygiene and sanitation practices in the village with the help of villagers. She also helped to set up the first branch of the State Bank of India in the village. In 2015, her sarpanch term ended, but she continued working for the upgradation of the village. Her work was supported by the State Government of Rajasthan and various other companies like The Himalaya Drug Company, Hindustan Unilever Limited, Nerolac Paints India, Rotary International, and Hindustan Coca-Cola Foundation.
After completing MBA, she worked for companies such as The Times of India, Carlson Group of Hotels, and Airtel. Chhavi has conducted a few educational programs at places like ISB in Hyderabad and Harvard Kennedy School in the USA. She once attended a meeting organised by the World Economic Forum in India to explore and monitor the economies, industries, and global issues. She also attended a special event in Chicago. Chhavi also owns a hotel named Kailrugji and a horse riding arena in Jaipur.
On 25 March 2011, Rajawat was invited to the United Nations 11th Infopoverty World Conference with an aim to help the poor and disadvantaged people. She has also delivered a speech on the late President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam, at a function about technology in New Delhi. She has participated in many national and international programs like The Australia-India Youth Dialogue, the International Visitors Leadership Programme, and the Asian Forum on Global Governance. In October 2017, was appointed as the Independent Director on the Board of a luxury hotel EIH Limited. In March 2020, she started working as a mentor for a non-profit college Eminent Girls College in Tonk, Rajasthan. In 2021, she started working as a Member of the South Asia Advisory Council at a pharmaceutical company named Bayer. She is also a board member of an NGO named Miracle Foundation, working for the protection and care of vulnerable children. She provides yoga classes in her area.
- 2018: First Ladies National Award
- 2019: WOW Achievers Award
- 2022: Rajasthan Ratna Shiromani Award
Some of her other awards include:
- Member of the South Asia Advisory Council
- Reebok’s Fit To Fight Award
- Young Indian Leader Award by CNN/IBN
- Grassroots Women of the Decade Achievers Award
- Bharat Ratna Rajiv Gandhi Yuva Shakti National Award
- All India Women Achievers Award
- Yuva Award
- Changing Face of Indian Politics Award
- Felicitated by Former President Late Shri Dr APJ Abdul Kalam
- In her leisure time, she loves to travel and read books.
- She is an avid animal lover and owns two pet dogs named Potli and Butterball.
- In 2014, a group of people armed with sticks, iron rods, and stones, attacked Chhavi, her father, and the Panchayat secretary over a land dispute in the Soda village. While Chhavi suffered minor injuries in the attack, her father was admitted to a hospital. Later, the police arrested seven people, including five women, in connection with the attack. The dispute was over a piece of land where a government IT centre was being constructed under a central government scheme. Chhavi explained that a man named Roop Narain and his family had obtained a court stay claiming ownership of the land. Later, the stay was lifted. The Times of India She said,
This was a government project intended for the village’s development. Roop Narain and his family have been constantly threatening us. They made several attempts to attack us since construction began.”
- In 2019, Google Pay released a video celebrating the work of Chhavi.
- In 2023, she was invited as a guest in a special episode of the Sony TV game show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati.’