Tirath Singh Rawat is an Indian politician and the incumbent CM of Uttarakhand. He is also a member of the Lok Sabha from the Garhwal constituency of Uttarakhand.
Tirath Singh Rawat was born on Thursday, 9 April 1964 (age 56 years; as of 2020) in Sinro village, located in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. His zodiac sign is Aries. He earned a Master’s degree in Sociology from Birla Campus Srinagar of Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University in 1992. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism. The Times of India
Height (approx.): 5′ 10″
Hair Colour: Salt and pepper
Eye Colour: Black
Family & Caste
Parents & Siblings
His father’s name is Kalam Singh Rawat and his mother’s name is Gaura Devi.
Wife & Children
His wife, Dr. Rashmi Tyagi Rawat, is a teacher by profession.
Rashmi is a well-educated lady, holding a PhD in Psychology from Chaudhary Charan Singh University in Meerut. Like Tirath, she was also associated with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) during her college days and contested the presidential election at Chaudhary Charan Singh University in 1994. During her young days, she also contested at various pageantry competitions and won the titles of Miss RG and Miss Meerut.
Tirath and Rashmi have a daughter named Lokanksha Rawat.
During his college days, Rawat became active in student politics by joining the ABVP, the student wing of the Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. During his time in student politics, he became the organisational secretary of ABVP’s Uttarakhand state unit and was later chosen as the national secretary of ABVP. He was also elected as the president of the student union at Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University in 1992.
Rawat was elected as a Member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council in 1997. Before that, he was the state vice president of Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha. He served on the position of the first Education Minister of Uttarakhand from 2000 to 2002. In 2007, he was appointed as BJP’s state secretary of Uttarakhand. He contested his first Legislative election in 2012 and was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from the Chaubattakhal constituency. He was appointed as Uttarakhand state chief of BJP in 2013. In 2019, he contested the Lok Sabha election for the first time and was subsequently elected as a Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from the Garhwal constituency. In March 2021, after the previous CM of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat issued a resignation one year prior to the completion of his term, Tirath Singh Rawat was appointed as the 9th Chief Minister of Uttarakhand.
- In March 2021, a few days after taking charge as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Tirath Singh made a controversial remark against the practice of women wearing “ripped jeans.” He made the alleged misogynist comment in his speech at a workshop organised by the Uttarakhand State Commission for Protection of Child Rights in Dehradun. Recalling an anecdote, Tirath stated that he was stunned upon seeing a woman, who runs an NGO, wearing a pair of ripped jeans and was worried about the precedent she was setting for society. After the speech went viral, Tirath had to face outrage from netizens and leaders of the opposition parties.
- A few days after sparking controversy with his statements on women wearing ripped jeans, Tirath Singh triggered another controversy by saying that people should have given birth to more children if they wanted extra ration. The Indian Express He said,
Those having 10 children got 50 kg while those with 20 got one quintal. People with two children got 10 kg. People built stores and found buyers. Who is to blame for this? Now you are jealous of it. When there was time, you produced only two children. Why didn’t you produce 20″
During the speech, he also misquoted a major historical fact by confusing Britain with America. He said,
- He served as a pracharak (promoter) of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh from 1983 to 1988.
- Reportedly, he went to jail during the Ram Temple movement in the early 90s and was behind the bars for two months.
- He actively participated in the Uttarakhand formation movement, demanding the separation of Uttarakhand from Uttar Pradesh. Uttarakhand was granted statehood in 2000.