Animal-rights activist Maneka Gandhi made a comeback to the union cabinet as the only member of the Gandhi family in the BJP-led government.

The seven-time MP and younger daughter-in-law of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi was also in the council of ministers during the previous NDA government under Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the first Animal Welfare Minister of the country.

In just-concluded Lok Sabha election, Maneka won from the Pilibhit constituency by a margin of over 3 lakh votes.

Maneka Gandhi joined active politics after the death of her husband Sanjay Gandhi in an air crash in 1980 and floated her own political outfit in March 1983 after she fell-out with her mother-in-law.

However, she had lost the 1984 Lok Sabha elections from Amethi and lost to former Prime Minister and her
brother-in-law Rajiv Gandhi.

Though Maneka Gandhi was part of the NDA government under Vajpayee, she joined BJP officially only in 2004.


Maneka Gandhi on Kairana exodus: SP govt has no shame about deterioating law and order
Mon, Jun 13, 2016

Gandhi said there is neither development nor safety, adding the Samajwadi Party Government has no shame about the rising crimes in the state.

Killing of Nilgai, wild boars: Not a long-term solution to human-animal conflict
Fri, Jun 10, 2016

In contrast, when animals are hunted, some will be shot several times causing tremendous pain, but many others escape with one gunshot or flesh wound, and die later slowly.

Chai pe Charcha: Swamy’s advice to Javadekar to sort out differences with Maneka
Fri, Jun 10, 2016

Maneka Gandhi had a spat with the environment minister over killings of animals for scientific research

Maneka Gandhi vs Prakash Javadekar over culling of animals
Fri, Jun 10, 2016

Maneka’s anger was directed at three notifications issued by the Environment Ministry in the last six months, each declaring a wild animal ‘vermin’, or pest, in a state for the period of one year. The ministry had, in December, declared blue bull, or nilgai, a vermin in Bihar.

Javadekar’s reply to Maneka: Government culls animals for a reason
Fri, Jun 10, 2016

Defending the Centre, Javadekar stated that taking such a decision was not the Centre’s prerogative, adding the Environment Ministry acted as per the law.

Maneka Gandhi vs Prakash Javadekar: Instances when she differed with party colleagues
Fri, Jun 10, 2016

Maneka Gandhi on Thursday criticised Environment Ministry for alleged 'killing of animals'

Maneka Gandhi questions Environment Ministry’s ‘lust to kill’ innocent animals
Fri, Jun 10, 2016

Maneka Gandhi said that the ministry was "writing letters to every state and allowing the killing of animals like elephants, wild boars and monkeys".

India unveils first-ever comprehensive draft anti-human trafficking law
Tue, May 31, 2016

The draft bill aims to treat survivors as victims in need of assistance and protection rather than as criminals, and to unify existing anti-trafficking laws, prioritise survivors' needs, and prevent victims such as those found in brothel raids from being arrested and jailed like traffickers.

Two years of Modi sarkar: Here’s what the BJP govt’s key ministers have to say
Sat, Jul 23, 2016

As the Modi government completes two years in power, here is look at what key ministers from the Union Cabinet have to say.

Govt releases draft model rules for implementation of Juvenile Justice Act
Thu, May 26, 2016

The case was highlighted as the accused teenager who was short of 18 years, had allegedly drove his father's Mercedes over 32-year-old Siddharth Sharma on April 4.

Maneka Gandhi: ‘It (women’s entry) is about religion, and I’m not sure the state should intrude’
Wed, May 18, 2016

Another game-changer will be the requirement to have panic buttons on all mobile phone by January 2017.

Health card for compulsory health check-up of women: Maneka Gandhi
Sun, May 08, 2016

Gandhi put the onus of ensuring the annual check-up of women on their husbands, saying it is often the negligence on their part that aggravates the condition of a woman suffering from diseases such as cancer or TB.

‘Priyadarshini’ scheme closed, no work done on ground, says Maneka Gandhi
Thu, Apr 28, 2016

The idea behind the scheme, the minister said, was to train women to become self sufficient and start Self Help Groups, "but this did not happen."

Maneka Gandhi cites Sonia’s example on how to check corruption
Mon, Apr 25, 2016

Narrates incident when Cong chief stopped relative from using name to benefit self.

‘Shaktiman’ was an officer on duty, arrest the person responsible for his death: Maneka Gandhi
Fri, Jul 22, 2016

The horse had lost its leg after it was brutally beaten during clashes between BJP protesters and the police on March 14.

Criminalising marital rape: Will Maneka Gandhi be heard?
Wed, Apr 20, 2016

There is no dearth of expert opinion supporting Maneka Gandhi on criminalising marital rape, but successive governments have chosen the path of least resistance by simply ignoring them.

Govt mulling criminalising marital rape
Tue, Apr 19, 2016

Earlier, the Home Ministry had sought the Law Commission's opinion on the matter during the course of its comprehensive review of the criminal justice system.

Maneka Gandhi writes to Naveen Patnaik on illegal detention of cow protection activist
Tue, Apr 12, 2016

In a strongly worded letter to Naveen, Gandhi alleged that animal welfare activist Tirtha Kumar Sahu in Rayagada district was arrested and tortured by the Rayagada district collector.

Maneka Gandhi wanted two reporters on blacklist, Govt said no such rule
Tue, Apr 12, 2016

Reuters ran the ministry’s denial on October 20 while maintaining that it stood by the “fairness and accuracy of its story”.

Marital rape: Maneka Gandhi says need data to make it criminal offence
Sat, Apr 09, 2016

Section 375 of IPC, which deals with rape, makes an exception for such instances within marriages. It holds that “sexual intercourse by a man with his own wife, the wife not being under 15 years of age, is not rape”.

Maneka Gandhi demands BJP MLA’s expulsion for attack on horse
Thu, Mar 17, 2016

A day after Uttarakhand BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi was booked for attacking a horse, Union Minister and animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi today said she has written to the party demanding his expulsion.

Marital rape: Can the govt shirk away from its responsibility by blaming poverty?
Tue, Mar 15, 2016

Marital rape: India shares the hall of shame with China, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia that do not criminalise the act.

‘Concept of marital rape can’t be applied in Indian context’: Maneka Gandhi
Fri, Mar 11, 2016

The government remains unconvinced about criminalising marital rape as Maneka Gandhi told Rajya Sabha on Thursday that a country like India is not ready for the change due to factors like poverty, illiteracy and religious beliefs.

Dear Maneka Gandhi, don’t let beti bachao become beti bhagao
Tue, Feb 09, 2016

Does India have the required infrastructure to effectively monitor millions of deliveries that happen in the country every year?

IMA supports Maneka Gandhi’s suggestion on pre-natal sex determination
Sat, Feb 06, 2016

Maneka Gandhi's suggestion that pre-natal sex determination test be made compulsory to check female foeticide evoked sharp reaction from the activists and the netizens.

Sex determination: An old law, a new debate
Thu, Feb 04, 2016

On Monday, Maneka Gandhi said sex determination during pregnancy must be made compulsory, a statement she later said was only an “alternative view”.

Sex determination test: Congress, Left flay Maneka Gandhi’s ‘outlandish’ idea
Wed, Feb 03, 2016

In a scathing attack, the Congress said that the Modi government was “determined to convert ‘save the girl child’ campaign into ‘banish the girl child’ movement”.

No formal proposal, sex determination test just an idea: Maneka Gandhi
Wed, Feb 03, 2016

"Minister WCD clarifies that there is no Cabinet proposal for tracking the sex of a foetus and that compulsory determination of foetal sex is an idea given by some stakeholders," WCD ministry said on twitter.

Make sex determination must, then track mothers: Union Minister Maneka Gandhi
Tue, Feb 02, 2016

This PCPNDT Act is not under me, but with the health ministry. But till when will we keep arresting people.

Temple access to women should be left on society: Maneka
Fri, Jan 29, 2016

Women's outfits have been spearheading campaign against centuries-old ban on female devotees entering the sanctum sanctorum of Shani Shingnapur temple in Maharashtra.

Why India has a ‘low’ crime rate
Tue, Jan 12, 2016

While Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands display high numbers of criminal activity, India stands with Yemen and Lebanon in the lower zone.

Explained: Mothers at work
Wed, Dec 30, 2015

Shalini Nair explains a proposed change in law that will help new mothers get 26 weeks of maternity leave but will touch only a fraction of working women.

A win-win move
Wed, Dec 30, 2015

Longer maternity leave for working women in the private sector will be good for women — and company bottomlines.

Govt to increase maternity leave in private sector to 26 weeks
Tue, Dec 29, 2015

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi Monday said the Ministry of Labour has agreed to increase maternity leave to six-and-a-half months.

Harassment at workplace: Jaitley say no to Maneka request on disclosure of probe panels
Tue, Dec 08, 2015

In his letter, Jaitley objected to Maneka’s suggestion on the ground that industry representatives were against “enhanced disclosures under the Companies Act, 2013 and adding to these may not be desirable”.

India major contributor to global warming: Maneka Gandhi
Fri, Dec 04, 2015

In an exclusive interview to NDTV, Gandhi said, "It is a question of putting the blame always...the west did it. They may have done it 100 years ago. India is one of the main players in destroying the climate."