Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore is an Indian politician, former professional shooter, and retired Indian Army Officer. He was born to Colonel Lakshmi Singh Rathore (Retd) and Manju Rathore in Jaisalmer.
At present, he is an Indian Politician and active Member of Parliament from the Jaipur Rural constituency. Being a retired Indian Army personnel, having several gold medals in Olympics, and an active political career, everyone knows him very well.
Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore Quick Facts
|Full Name||Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore|
|Date Of Birth||29 January 1970|
|Age||51 (as of 2021)|
|Hobbies||Playing Golf, Listening to Music|
|Birthplace||Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India|
|Hometown||Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India|
|Permanent Residence||R-54, Rajangan, Haldighati Marg, Pratapnagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan|
|Father||Lakshmi Singh Rathore (Retd. Col.)|
|Mother||Manju Singh Rathore|
|Siblings||Ritu Chauhan (Sister)|
|Wife||Dr. Gayatri Rathore|
|Height||183cm /1.83m /6ft|
|Hair color||Natural Black|
|Eye color||Dark Brown|
|College||National Defence Academy, Pune (Bachelor of Arts)|
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun
|Former Profession||Retired Indian Army Officer, Professional shooter|
|Current Profession||Indian Politician (Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha)|
|Political Party||Bharatiya Janata Party (2013- Present)|
|Favored Politician||Narendra Modi|
|15 December 1990||Commissioned as Officer Cadet in 9th Grenadiers (Mewar) Regiment|
|15 December 1992||Promoted to Lieutenant|
|15 December 1995||Promoted to Captain|
|1999||Fought in Kargil War|
|15 December 2000||Promoted to Major|
|16 December 2004||Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel|
|1 May 2009||Promoted to Colonel (Final Rank)|
|Areas served during his service||Jammu & Kashmir|
|Service years||1990 - 2013 (22.5 years)|
|10 September 2013||Joined Bharatiya Janata Party|
|12 May 2014||Elected as MP, Jaipur Rural (Lok Sabha)|
|9 November 2014||Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting|
|3 September 2017||Minister of Sports|
|May 2019||Elected as MP, Jaipur Rural (Lok Sabha)|
|2 Gold Medals||2002 Commonwealth Games, Manchester (England)|
|Bronze Medal||2003 ISSF World Shotgun Cup, New Delhi|
|Multiple Gold Medals||Asian Clay Target (2003-2006)|
|Bronze Medal||2003 World Shotgun Championships, Nicosia (Cyprus)|
|Silver Medal||2004 Athens Olympics, Greece|
|Gold Medal||2004 Afro-Asian Games, Hyderabad|
|Gold Medal||2004 World Shooting Championships, Sydney|
|Gold Medal||2004 Czech Masters Cup, Czech Republic|
|Gold Medal||2005 National Games (Men's 10m air pistol competition)|
|5 Gold Medals||2006 Commonwealth Games, Melbourne|
|Bronze Medal||2006 Asian Games, Doha|
|Gold Medal||2006 World Shooting Championships, Cairo|
|Gold Medal||Asian Clay Shooting Championships|
|Gold Medal||2011 Asian Clay Target Championships, Kuala Lumpur|
|Team||Indian Shooting Team|
|Coach||Sunny Thomas, Dr. PSM Chandran|
|International Awards||25 International medals (various championships)|
|Salary||Rs.70,000 (Basic pay of MP, Lok Sabha)|
|Net worth||10.68 Crore INR (declared 2019)|
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Note: Above information is collected from various sources available on internet.
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore Career
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was born on 29 January 1970 to Col Lakshmi Singh Rathore and Manju Rathore in his hometown Jaisalmer.
After completing schooling, he joined the National Defense Academy, Pune where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. Following this, Rathore attended Indian Military Academy, Dehradun after which he joined the Indian Army as a commissioned officer on 15 December 1990. He has also fought in the Kargil War.
During his entire military career, he mainly served in Jammu & Kashmir. At teenage, he developed his personal interest in Shooting (Olympic) and in 1998 he became a professional in that. After a few years, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore won many medals and awards in the shooting game.
In 2013, Rathore retired from the Indian Army and soon joined Bharatiya Janata Party. Not only this, next year in the 2014 Lok Sabha election, he won and elected as an MP (Member of Parliament) from the Jaipur Rural constituency.
Apart from being an amazing and clean personality, Rathore’s name has been in some controversies.
- Failed Dope Test (2013)
In 2013, Rathore’s name was pulled in a failed dope test which was conducted just before the Athens Games in the year 2004. At the time of the 2004 World Cup in Bangkok, he had tested positive for the sample “A”. But the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) cleared him after he was tested negative for sample “B”.
However, after 9 years, Rathore felt digging this issue by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) because the April 6 elections were declared as “null and void” by Delhi High Court in March 2013.
NRAI challenged the decision of allowing Rathore’s plea that the election was a ‘sham and be quashed’ as he was denied an opportunity to contest. Taking note of Rathore’s plea, the court finally said that denying him the right to contest elections is not justified in any way.
- Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore commented on women journalist (2015)
In February 2015, a fake report of his mark on a women journalist created controversy. Rathore made comments on the role of women journalists during an interaction at the Indian Women Press Corps.
In the words of Rajyavardhan, “Your role could be far better utilized without going out in the field. It is not that you should not go out in the field, but in the sense of safety and security, the working hours, conditions, and different roles attached as a mother, sister, or a wife.“
However, Rathore opposed making such comments on women journalists and tweeted the same “Wrong interpretation. My wife is an ex-soldier,” and another tweet added, “I have the highest respect for women personally and professionally.”
As of December 2020, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore is a Member of Parliament (MP) of Lok Sabha from Jaipur Rural Constituency from Bhartiya Janata Party [BJP].
As of 2021, he is 51 years old.
Manavaditya Singh Rathore is the elder son of Rajyavardhan Rathore. He seems to build up interest in Shooting sport just like his father.