Ghulam Nabi Azad Age, Height, Weight, Wife, Children, Biography & More

Ghulam Nabi Azad is an Indian politician of the Indian National Congress who was the 7th chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir from 2005 to 2008 and was the Minister of Health and Family Welfare. He served as the Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha until 2021 February. He will be conferred with Padma Bhushan on the 73rd Republic Day. 

Ghulam Nabi Azad Biography & Wiki

Real Name/Full NameGhulam Nabi Azad
Profession Political & Social Worker 
Political PartyIndian National Congress (INC)
Position HeldLeader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha (Assumed office 8 June 2014)
Minister of Health and Family Welfare (22 May 2009 – 26 May 2014)
7th Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir ( 2 November 2005 – 11 July 2008)
MP of Rajya Sabha for Jammu and Kashmir (Assumed office 16 February 2015)
Physical Stat
Ghulam Nabi Azad Height In Centimeter- 172 cm
In Meter- 1.72 m
In Feet- 5’7”
WeightIn Kilogram- 75 kg
In Pound- 165 lbs
Eye ColorBlack
Hair ColorBrown
Personal Life
Date Of Birth7 May 1949 
Ghulam Nabi Azad Age (2021)73 Years
Birthplace Village Soti, Bhadarwah, Distt. Doda (Jammu & Kashmir)
Zodiac Sign/Sun Sign  Pisces
Nationality Indian
Home town Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
School Local School Of His Village
College/University G.G.M. Science College, Jammu.
Government Degree Colleges, Bhadarwah.
Educational QualificationM.Sc. (Zoology)
Food HabitNon-vegetarian
Family member
Marital StatusMarried
WifeShameem Dev Azad
ChildrenSon– Saddam Nabi Azad 
Daughter– Sofia Nabi Azad.
Parents Father– Rahmatullah
Mother– Basa Begum
SiblingBrother– Ghulam Ali Azad
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Family Early Life and Education

Ghulam Nabi Azad was born on 7 March 1949 in Kashmir’s Doda district, which used to be the hotbed of militants. After attending school in his ancestral village he moved out of the native place to the Bhaderwah town to attend college. Azad was considered one of the most ambitious kids growing up in that region. He joined the National Cadet Corps as a student.

He moved to Jammu and finished his Bachelor’s degree from G.G.M. Science College. He completed his Masters in Zoology from Kashmir University in 1972. In 1980, Azad tied knot with a renowned Kashmiri singer, Shameem Dev Azad, and they have a son Saddam Nabi Azad and a daughter Sofiya Nabi Azad

Ghulam Nabi Azad Career

  • Ghulam Nabi Azad began his career in politics in 1973 as a block secretary of the Congress Committee
  • In 1975, he was appointed as the president of the Jammu and Kashmir Youth Congress
  • In 1980, he was promoted as the all-India president of the Youth Congress
  • He was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1980 after winning the elections from the Washim constituency in Maharashtra. As a Member of Parliament, Azad was first appointed as the Union Deputy Minister for Law, Justice and Company Affairs, and then as the Union Deputy Minister for Information and Broadcasting
  • In 1985, he was re-elected for a second term to the Lower House of Parliament. This time, he was put in charge as the Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs and as the Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Food and Civil Supplies
  • In 1990, he was elected to the Rajya Sabha for the first time. During his first term, in 1991, he was appointed as the Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs. In 1993, he was given charge as the Union Minister of Civil Aviation and Tourism
  • Azad got a second term in the Upper House in 1996. In this term, he was appointed as a member of the Standing Committee on Energy, the Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture, and in a joint parliamentary committee on the functioning of Wakf boards
  • In 2002, he was re-elected for a third term to the Rajya Sabha during which time he was elected as the Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and as the Minister of Urban Development
  • In 2005, Azad was elected as the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir
  • In 2009, he was back in the Rajya Sabha for a fourth term and was put in charge of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
  • In 2014, he became the leader of the Opposition in the Upper House of Parliament
  • Azad was elected for a fifth term to the Rajya Sabha in 2015
  • He was honored with the best parliamentarian award in 2015
  • Azad retired from the Rajya Sabha on 15 February 2021


Ghulam Nabi Azad has been awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in the year 2022 in the field of Public Affairs.

Padma Bhushan (2022)

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