About Dr. Ashok Tanwar
Dr. Ashok Tanwar is a living example of pluralism and equality of opportunity that personify Congress Party. Dr. Tanwar started his political career as a student in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). As a Dalit youth he was naturally aware of the inherent biases that exist in our society against the marginalized, and felt compelled to raise his voice for a sustainable political dialogue. Dr. Tanwar found the National Students Union of India (NSUI), the Congress Party Student Wing, the most effective political platform for this purpose. At the time of Dr. Tanwar joining it, JNU was an educational institution with definite leftist leanings, and NSUI had only a small vote base there. From the beginning of his career, Dr. Tanwar believed in cadre building and channelizing the energies of the youth towards a movement for reform. To this end he made his efforts and played a key role in expanding the support base of NSUI. His efforts bore fruit, and the vote share of NSUI in student union elections increased to new heights when Dr. Tanwar contested for the President’s post. These extraordinary results brought Dr. Tanwar to the notice of the senior leadership of the Congress and they gave him the opportunity to join the National Committee of NSUI in 2001.