Studied in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. Lawyer and politician. 1972, joined the Youth Congress; 1977, President, State Youth Congress; 1984, elected to Parliament; 1985, President, Indian Youth Congress; Chief Spokesman, Indian National Congress. Chairman, Anti-Apartheid Committee. Since May 2009, Minister of Commerce and Industry. Interests: autism and disabilities, philosophy and history, Indian and western classical music, cricket, hiking, travelling.