Nupur Sharma is a Lawyer and Indian Politician of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). She has held various important posts within her party. She is known for contesting the 2015 Delhi Assembly Election against the chief of the Aam Aadmi Party, Arvind Kejriwal.
Nupur Sharma was born in a Brahmin Family on 23 April 1985 (age: 38 years; as of 2023) in New Delhi, India. She received her primary education at Delhi Public School in New Delhi. For higher education, she enrolled in the Hindu College of Delhi University and got her LLB degree. Nupur got her LLM degree from the London School of Economics, London, England.
Height (approx.): 5′ 3″
Weight (approx.): 50 kg
Her father’s name is Dr. Vinay Sharma. Nupur is unmarried.
Nupur has been active in politics since her college days at Delhi University. On the ticket of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, she was elected as president of Delhi University’s Students Union. She has also been the youth ambassador of Teach for India (affiliated with Teach for America). She has handled various important posts within the Party such as a member of the National Executive Committee of BJP’s youth wing, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), National Media co-in charge of the BJYM, member of “Yuva,” Working Committee of BJP, and member of the State Executive Committee, BJP Delhi.
Nupur has been a spokesperson for her party and has taken part in various debates in the media to represent her party’s views. In the 2015 Delhi State Election, she contested against Aam Aadmi Party leader, Arvind Kejriwal, and Veteran leader of the Indian National Congress, Kiran Walia. However, she lost the election but emerged as runner-up.
Derogatory remarks against Islam
On 5 June 2022, the Bharatiya Janata Party suspended Nupur Sharma for making derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad and the Muslim community during a television debate. According to a statement released by the BJP, the party respects every religion and doesn’t allow any of its members to make derogatory remarks against any religion. The statement read,
The BJP strongly denounces insults of any religious personalities of any religion. The Bharatiya Janata Party is also against any ideology which insults or demeans any sect or religion. The BJP does not promote such people or philosophy. During the thousands of years of the history of India every religion has blossomed and flourished. The Bharatiya Janata Party respects all religions.”
Following the uproar, Nupur Sharma lent an unconditional apology and said that she never intended to hurt the religious sentiments of anyone. The Indian Express On 9 June 2022, she was booked by Delhi police for trying to disrupt public tranquillity and inciting people on divisive lines.” BBC On 1 July 2022, the apex court pulled up Nupur Sharma for her remarks that led to a spate of violence, unrest, demolitions, and arrests across several States in the country. While leading a Vacation Bench comprising Justice J.B. Pardiwala, Justice Surya Kant observed orally,
On 10 August 2022, as per the orders of the Supreme Court of India, all cases filed across the country against Nupur Sharma for her comments about the Prophet Mohammed were transferred to Delhi. India Today
- She acted as Guest Editor for the national daily ‘The Times of India’ for its Republic Day Special edition in 2009.
- In March 2009, she was featured among the top 10 most inspirational women in the country by the Hindustan Times.
- In July 2012, Nupur was a member of the delegation from India and the BJP for the 2012 Indo-Pak American Council of Young Political Leaders (A.C.Y.P.L.) summit in the United States.
- Nupur has done some welfare projects like the installation of solar lamps, water purifiers, and CCTV for campus security and successfully completed those projects during her tenure as the president of Delhi University’s Students Union.
- Her hobbies are writing and travelling.
- After staying out of the public eye following the 2022 Muhammad remarks controversy, Nupur made her first public appearance in September 2023. She attended the screening of Vivek Agnihotri‘s film ‘The Vaccine War’ and expressed gratitude to the Indian Council of Medical Research scientists for their vital role in saving lives during the Covid-19 pandemic. She, moreover, thanked Vivek Agnihotri for inviting her to the event.
— Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) September 25, 2023