Harmohan Dhawan

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Harmohan Dhawan
In office
Preceded byArif Mohammad Khan
Succeeded byMadhavrao Scindia
Personal details
Born (1940-07-14) 14 July 1940 (age 83)
Fatehjung, Punjab , British India
SpouseSatinder Dhawan
Children2 sons and 1 daughter
ResidenceAmbala Canttt
Source: [1]

Harmohan Dhawan is an Indian politician and former Member of Parliament from Chandigarh, India. He was born on 14 July 1940 at Fatehjung, District Caimbalpur (now in West Pakistan). After the Partition of India in 1947, his family migrated to Ambala Cantonment where he did his Matriculation from B.D. High School, and Intermediate from S.D. College.

In 1960, Dhawan joined the Department of Botany at Panjab University, Chandigarh, and did his B.Sc. (Honours) in 1963 and MSc (Honours) in the year 1965. He was a research scholar from 1965 to 1970 and joined the PL 480 aided project, wherein he did research on "Cytological Studies of the Economic Plants of North West Himalayas". In 1970 he started a Small Scale Unit and became president of theIndustries Association of Chandigarh.[1] In 1979, he opened Mehfil, a fine-dining restaurant.[citation needed]

Dhawan received the best Young Entrepreneur Award from the Vice President of India in 1983.[citation needed]

In 1977 he entered politics, and was mentored by the late prime minister Chandra Shekhar. He became president of the Janata Party in 1981. Because of his Socialist[2] philosophies, he worked for the welfare of the downtrodden and went to jail more than 10 times for their cause.[citation needed]

In 1989 he was elected as Member of Parliament from the Chandigarh constituency and became Minister of Civil Aviation,[3] in the late Mr. Chandra Shekhar's Government.[4]

He was a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)[5][6] which is now the single most dominant party of the Indian parliament after the 2014 general election. Dhawan has now joined the Aam Aadmi Party after being impressed by the performance of the Arvind Kejriwal-led Govt of Delhi. He is expected to be the AAP candidate from Chandigarh in the forthcoming Lok Sabha 2019 elections.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "IAOC". www.iaoc.in. Archived from the original on 24 August 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Harmohan Dhawan – Working Hard & Honestly".
  3. ^ "Made in Chandigarh: Panjab University groomed me for politics, says MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy".
  4. ^ "Savouring the power".
  5. ^ "Shri Harmohan Dhawan | BJP Chandigarh Pradesh". www.bjpchandigarh.org. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  6. ^ "National Executive". www.bjp.org. Archived from the original on 9 July 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2015.

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