BIRTHDAY 01 January, 1953

FAMILY BACKGROUND Grandson of Dr. Zakir Husain, late President of India
Married Louise Fernandes (Journalist) in 1985.
One daughter and three sons.

PARENTS Mrs. Saeeda Khurshid
Mr. Khurshid Alam Khan, Governor of Karnataka and Chancellor Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.


 Delhi Public School, I.S.C. (1970)
 St. Stephen’s College, Delhi- B.A. (Hons. English 1973)
 Oxford University- B.A. (JURISPRUDENCE, 1977)
 Oxford University-B.C.L. (1978), M.A. (1980)


1977 Enrolled at the Bar (Supreme Court of India)

1978-80 Liu Po Shan Lecturer-in-Law, Trinity College, Oxford

1981-82 Worked as Officer on special duty in the Prime
Minister’s Office with late Mrs. Indira Gandhi.

1982-84 Appeared in miscellaneous and regular matters extensively in Supreme Court of India in Constitutional, Commercial and other matters. Drafted briefs in various fields of Law, including commercial and constitutional matters, arbitration, contract, sale of goods, company law, services and labour, and opinion work. Argued several leading cases of Constitutional rights, civil liberties, including Press law and freedom of expression.

1984-89 Senior partner, TALIB LUTHRA and ASSOCIATES. Extensive Chamber and Court practice especially in Commercial, Constitutional Airline, Press Law and Administrative Law, Associates in several cities of India.

1996 Associate of HIRU ADVANI & CO., BARRISTERS.

 Country President, (Nobel laureate) Muhammad Abdus Salam Foundation, (London);
 President, Pet Welfare Club of India;
 Member, Central Waqf Council since 1990;
 Trustee, Dhiren Bhagat Memorial Trust;
 Member, Maulana Azad Educational Foundation, Ministry of social welfare, Govt. of India;
 President, MARCUS MURCH memorial theatre Foundation.


 Chief Patron of Okhla Industries Association, New Delhi;
 Patron of All India Rajiv Gandhi Pragatisheel Vichar Congress;
 Patron of Delhi Wushu Association (Regd);
 Patron of Delhi Amateur Boxing Association;
 Patron of Uttar Pradesh Friends’ Forum;
 Patron of Sarv Dharam Prem Sandesh Samiti;
 Patron of New Era Public School, New Delhi.


 Member of the Indian National Congress (I). Actively involved in Congress Party affairs, particularly minority affairs, since debut in 1985. At present Spokesman of the party.
 Member of Parliament (Lower House) from Farrukhabad Constituency in Uttar Pradesh — 1991-96.
 Inducted into the Union Council of Ministers as Deputy Minister of Commerce in June 1991.
 Assumed charge as Minister of State for External Affairs on 18 January 1993 and served till June 1996.
 Elected GLOBAL LEADER OF TOMORROW by World Economic Forum (Davos) — 1995.
 Leader of Indian Delegation to UNHRC, Geneva — 1995.
 Convener of Foreign Affairs, Department Of All India Congress Committee(I) — 1996-1998.


 Joint editor, Supreme Court Cases Journal (1985-89)
 Published several legal articles in law journals of UK and India.
 Contributed to International Law Volume edited by Dr. Komal Hussain.
 Unpublished monograph on Unconscionability in Contract.


 Author of book — At Home in India a restatement of Indian Muslims (Vikas, 1987).
 Author of forthcoming book If Winter Comes, Har Anand, 1998.
 Author of book — Beyond Terrorism (UBS, 1994).
 Occasional contributor to The Hindustan Times, The Illustrated Weekly of India, Probe, India Today, Onlooker and Dainik Jagran (Hindi daily).
 Edited Contemporary Conservative Selected Writings of Dhiren Bhagat.
 Joint Editor of Volume Essays in honour of Justice Krishna Iyer.
 Jammu and Kashmir: An Agenda for the Future – Report of Study Group for the Delhi Policy Group.


 President Modern Education Foundation;
 President, Delhi Public School Society;
 President Dr. Zakir Hussain Study Circle;
 Chairman, Dr. Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust;
 Member, Managing Committee, Crescent Public School;
 Member, Executive Council, Jamia Millia Islamia (1990-95);
 Chairman, Dr. Zakir Hussain College (1994-98);
 Chairman, Indian Institute of Export and Import Management;
 Member of Governing Body, Mayo College (1996).


 Wildlife and adventure
 Sports (Cricket and Squash)
 Reading (History and Biographies)
 Theatre
 Media

ADDRESS Pithaura Qaimganj,
District: Farrukhabad,
Uttar Pradesh.
Telephone: 05690-31002

RESIDENCE 4,Gulmohar Avenue,
Jamia Nagar,
New Delhi- 110 025.
Phone: 91-11-693-272, 683-3171
Fax and answering machine: 91-11-693-2290

CHAMBERS 20 A, Lawyers Chambers,
Supreme Court of India,
Bhagwan Das Road,
New Delhi-110 003.
Tel: 3385275/3381727