Hindu Graduate Pema Khandu becomes youngest Chief Minister of India


Son of late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, 37-year-old Mr. Pema Khandu was on Sunday sworn in as the ninth Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh marking the culmination of fast-paced political developments in this northeastern State.

Here’s all you need to know about him:

  • A graduate from Delhi’s prestigious Hindu College, Pema is the eldest son of the family. His father, Dorjee Khandu had died in a chopper crash in 2011, which led to Pema’s early entry into governance. He first entered the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly in 2011.
  • Hailing from Gyangkhar village under Tawang district, he is the father of two sons and a daughter. Joining the Congress in early 2000, he became secretary of the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee in 2005 and president of the Tawang District Congress Committee in 2010.
  • Khandu became the Cabinet Minister for Rural Works Department and Tourism since November 21, 2011 in Nabam Tuki Government and thereafter served the State as Cabinet Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation and Art & Culture.
  • An avid sports lover, he promoted games and sports in the district, and conducted talent searches among the local youth in Tawang and West Kameng districts to preserve traditional songs.
  • Pema has organised periodical medical camps and plantations drive in various parts of the district. He is also keen on developing a peaceful state with cordial relations among various tribes there.


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