||12 August 1952
||Madras, Madras State, India (present day Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India)
||B.A. (Hons.) in Economics at the St. Stephen's College, Delhi and M.A. in Economics
||Member of Parliament / CPI(M) general secretary
||Ashish Yechury ( Died on 22 April 2021 due to Covid-19) ( 2Son)
||1 Cr. ( estimated)
Sitaram Yechury with wife
Sitaram Yechury is an Indian politician and a pacesetter of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). He was elected as its General Secretary on 19 April 2015. he's a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and was the party's Parliamentary group leader.
Early life, Family and Education : Sitaram Yechury was born on 12 August 1952 in an Andhra Telugu-speaking Brahmin family of Madras (Chennai).His father Sarveswara Somayajula Yechury was an engineer within the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation.His mother Kalpakam Yechury was a government officer.He grew up in Hyderabad and studied in the least Saints highschool , Hyderabad till his tenth standard.
The Telangana agitation of 1969 brought him to Delhi.He joined Presidents Estate School, New Delhi and achieved the All-India first rank within the Central Board of education Higher Secondary Examination. Subsequently, he studied B.A. (Hons.) in Economics at the St. Stephen's College, Delhi and M.A. in Economics, from Nehru University (JNU), achieving first-class in both. He joined the JNU for a Ph.D. in Economics, which was aborted together with his arrest during The Emergency.
Personal life : Yechury is married to journalist Seema Chisti, formerly the Delhi editor of BBC Hindi Service. She was the Resident Editor of Indian Express, Delhi. He was married before, to Vina Mazumdar's daughter Indrani Mazumdar and features a daughter and a son from this marriage.His daughter, Akhila Yechury, features a major in history and teaches at the University of Edinburgh and University of St. Andrews.Mohan Kanda IAS, former Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh , is Yechury's maternal uncle.
His eldest son Ashish Yechury, gave up the ghost on 22 April 2021 thanks to COVID-19. He had been in ICU since April 12 after the infection spread to his lungs.He was 34 years aged .
Political career : Yechury joined the Students' Federation of India (SFI) in 1974. A year later, he joined the Communist Party of India (Marxist).Sitaram Yechury was arrested in 1975 during the Emergency while he was still a student at JNU. He went underground for a few time, organising resistance to the Emergency, before his arrest. After the Emergency, he was elected because the President of the JNU Students' Union thrice during one year (1977–78). Yechury, along side Prakash Karat, was instrumental in creating an impregnable leftist bastion at JNU.
In 1978, Yechury was elected as All-India Joint Secretary of SFI, and went on to become the All India President of SFI. He was the primary president of SFI who wasn't from Kerala or Bengal.He was then elected to the Politburo at the Fourteenth Congress in 1992 and because the fifth General Secretary of CPI(M) at the party's 21st party Congress in Visakhapatnam on 19 April 2015.
Yechury and politburo member S. Ramachandran Pillai were the frontrunners for the post but the previous was unanimously chosen after Pillai chose to withdraw. He succeeded Prakash Karat, who had held the post for 3 consecutive terms, from 2005 to 2015. He was again re-elected as General Secretary of CPI(M) at the 22nd Party Congress held at Hyderabad during 18 April 2018 to 22 April 2018.Yechury has headed the party's international department and therefore the party wont to depute him as fraternal delegate to the party conferences of most socialist countries. A prolific writer, he has authored many books.
Yechury was elected to Rajya Sabha from West Bengal in July 2005. he's known for bringing several popular issues to the notice of parliament and for raising questions on important issues. On blaming by the ruling party for frequent disruptions in parliament, he said that government cannot shake its responsibility by blaming the opposition for frequent disruptions. He justifies disruptions in parliament by calling it a legitimate process during a democracy.
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