I don't see myself being special; I just see myself having more responsibilities than the next man. People look to me to do things for them to have answers.


Dr. Ashok Tanwar was born on February 12th, 1976 in the Chimni village of Jhajjar district in Haryana to Dilbagh Singh who served in the Indian army, and Krishna Rathi, a homemaker. After finishing his primary education from a nearby school, Dr. Tanwar was put in ShambhuDayal School at Sonepat, where he took root towards embarking on becoming an able political leader.


Dr. Tanwar completed his graduation from the Kakatiya University in Warangal in 1996 and joined the Centre for Historical Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), where he received his M.A, M.Phil and Ph.D in Medieval Indian History.

Student Life

Dr. Tanwar started engaging in politics as a student in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). He founded the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), the Congress Party Student Wing. At the time of his joining, JNU was an educational institution with definite leftist leanings, and NSUI had only a small vote base there. Dr. Tanwar believed in cadre building and channelizing the energies of the youth towards a movement for reform. To this end, he worked towards 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 he contested for the President’s post. The results brought him to the notice of the senior leadership of the Congress who gave him the opportunity to join the National Committee of NSUI in 2001. Once again, he reaped success and his popularity as a student and youth leader rose to new heights. In 2003, he was appointed as the NSUI President.

As its President, DrTanwar handled the multi-dimensional organization and under his leadership, NSUI consecutively won the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) election twice and its performance in the Left-dominated JNU also continued to improve. At the age of 28, he was appointed the President of the Indian Youth Congress (IYC) where he undertook organizational reforms and heralded a culture of transparency and meritocracy. Under Sh. Rahul Gandhi’s leadership, DrTanwar constituted a team comprising of student and youth leaders and domain experts to strengthen the organization and took unprecedented membership drive. He also encouraged youth from all sections to engage in politics and contribute positively.

MP of Sirsa

Dr.Tanwar is also one of the youngest politicians to contest the LokSabha elections. He was nominated by the Congress party’s general secretary Rahul Gandhi to contest in 2009, from Sirsa, Haryana and won the seat by defeating his nearest rival, Dr. Sita Ram of INLD.

As Congress President of the Haryana Wing

After winning his maiden LokSabha election with a handsome margin, Dr. Tanwar became the youngest Dalit MP of the 15thLoksabha and was named the Convener of the Parliamentary Forum on youth. As a first-time Member of Parliament, Dr. Tanwar raised problems related to the empowerment of the poor and disadvantaged sections of the society at Parliamentary forums time and again. He was selected for The India-Yale Parliamentary Leadership Program in 2011 and Chevening Scholarship in 2013. During his stint as an MP, DrTanwar was Member of Library Committee, Member of the Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on office of Profit, Member of the Public Accounts Committee and Member of the PAC Sub-Committee-II (Railways). He was also the member of important Standing Committees on Railways and HRD as well as the Vice-Chairman of Indo-Pak Parliamentary Forum.