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Ambika Soni (born November 13, 1942) is an Indian politician belonging to Indian National Congress. She currently serves in the Union Cabinet as the minister in charge of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, after serving in Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Culture from 2006–2009.

She is a member of the Indian National Congress and is an elected Member of Parliament representing the state of Punjab in the Rajya Sabha.

Early life and education

Born in Lahore in undivided Punjab to Nakul Sen, an I.C.S officer and Indu Nakul Sen in 1942. Ambika did her M.A. (Hons.) from Indraprastha College, Delhi University, followed by Diploma Superiore en Langue Francaise from Alliance Francaise, Bangkok and Post-Graduate Diploma in Spanish Art and Literature from University of Havana, Cuba.


Ambika made her political debut in 1975 when she was elected president of the Indian Youth Congress (1975–1977). Later, she was elected to the Rajya Sabha in March 1976 and in 1988, she became the president of All India Mahila Congress.. According to the Hindu newspaper report, Congress party insiders believe that Ambika Soni is on the ascendant and currently among those individuals that Sonia Gandhi trusts the most.

Bio Data

Father’s Name

Late Shri Nakul Sen, I.C.S.

Mother’s Name

Late Shrimati Indu Nakul Sen

Date of Birth

13th November, 1942

Place of Birth

Lahore (Undivided Punjab)

Marital Status

Married on 14th October, 1961

Spouse’s Name

Shri Uday C. Soni


One son

Educational Qualification

B.A. (Hons), Diplome Superiore en Langue Francaise, Post-Graduate Diploma in Spanish Art and Literature

Educated at Indraprastha College, Delhi University, Alliance Francaise, Bangkok and University of Havana, Cuba


Political and Social Worker

Permanent Address

(i) 79, Sector 9-A, Chandigarh.

Tel : 0172-2742775, 2744079

(ii) S.B.A.C. Senior Secondary School Vill. Bajwara, Distt. Hoshiarpur  Punjab.

Tel : 01882-290830

Present Address

(i)  N-103, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi – 110 017.

Tel : 26494199  Fax : 2649 4652

(ii)  22, Akbar Road, New Delhi-110001

Tel : 2301 4800 Fax : 2379 5053

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Positions Held


Held Congress Party Posts and Co-incharge Congress Foreign AffairsDepartment


General Secretary, Indian Youth Congress


President, Indian Youth Congress

March 1976

Elected to Rajya Sabha


President, All India Mahila Congress

1999 to 2006

General Secretary, All India Congress Committee

January 2000

Elected to Rajya Sabha (resigned w.e.f. 10 June, 2004)

January 2000 – February 2004

and August 2004  - Jan 2006

Member, Committee on Public Undertakings

January 2000 – February 2004

Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Civil Aviation

February 2000 – 2001

Member, Committee on Defence

May 2000 – June, 2003

Member, House Committee

January 2002 – December 2003

Member, Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture

January 2003 – February 2004

Member, Committee on Home Affairs

July, 2004

Elected to Rajya Sabha from Punjab

August, 2004 to January, 2006

Member, Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture

October, 2004 to January, 2006

Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Environment and Forests

March 2005 to January, 2006

Member, Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research Chandigarh

29 January, 2006 – 22 May, 2009

Minister of Tourism and Minister of Culture

22 May, 2009 onwards

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting

Sports, Clubs, Favourite Pastimes and Recreation

Reading and travelling, instrumental music (Indian and Western) and Gardening

Countries visited

South Africa, as member of Commonwealth delegation, China, as  Member of Women’s delegation, Australia, Morocco, U.S.A., Europe, Mexico, Cuba, Russia and erstwhile Czechoslovakia

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