Shanta Kumar is an India Politician. He was the third Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh. He was born on 12 September 1934 in Garhjamula, Kangra district. Jagannath Sharma was his father and Kaushalya Devi was his mother.
Shanta Kumar’s Personal Life
He completes his schooling in 1951 at SD High School Thural. And after he did his BA from Punjab University. And in 1960 he complete his LLB from Delhi University. In 1964 he married Santosh Shailja. Initial years she worked as a teacher. But he quit his job and work as a social worker and writer. He also wrote some books. He has three daughters and one son. Shalini Sathyan, Indu Sharma, and Renu Mujumdar, his daughters. Vikram Sharma his son. In December 2020 his wife died due to the coronavirus(COVID-19) disease at Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda.
In 1963 Shanta Kumar starts his political Carrier when he was elected as a Paunch of Gram Panchayat for Garhjamula. He was elected as a member of Panchayat Samiti in Bhawarna. From 1965 to 1970 he was the President of Zilla Parishad in Kangra. He belong to Bhartiya Janta Party. At the age of 19, He associated with the movement and He did Satyagraha in Jammu and Kashmir and spent 8 months in jail. On 30 April 1977, there was an emergency in the country, and all the big leaders were arrested by the police. Shanta Kumar was also arrested. he spent 19 months in Nahan jail.
And after the emergency period was finished on 22 June 1977, he become the third Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh. He remained the Chief Minister till 14 February 1980. On 5 March 1990, he became Chief Minister for the second time. Shanta Kumar starts a scheme like Antyodaya. In this scheme, cheap rations to poor families, water should be delivered to the people’s homes, and hydropower projects were set up in Himachal Pradesh. He also took a strict decision like no work-no pay.
He wrote many books like Dharti Balidan ki, Vishwa Vijeta Vivekanand, Himalaya Par Lal Chhaya, Man Ke Meet, Lajo, A Patriot monk Swami Vivekananda, Vrinda, Kaidi, O Pravasi Meet Mere, Jyotirmayi, Mrigtrishna, Kranti Abhi Adhoori Hai. He also written Rajneeti Ki Shatranj, Tumhare Pyar Ki Pati, and Deewar Ke Us Paar.