Former Member of Parliament, Member of the Indian National Congress
Mani Shankar Aiyar is a former Indian diplomat who resigned from foreign service and became a politician working for Rajiv Gandhi in 1989-1991.
He attended Welham Boys' School, The Doon School and St. Stephen's College, Delhi.
He graduated in economics from Delhi University, and then did a two-year Tripos in economics at Cambridge University which, in the Oxbridge tradition, became an M.A with the passage of time. He was a member of Trinity Hall. He was also an active member of the Marxist Society in Cambridge. At Cambridge, Aiyar joined student politics and once even tried to win a presidential contest. He was supported by Rajiv Gandhi in his campaign who was his junior both at Doon and Cambridge.
He is a member of the Indian National Congress party and was the Minister of Panchayati Raj until he lost his seat in the 2009 election. He served as the Union Cabinet
Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas from May 2004 through January 2006 and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports till 2009.
He represented the Mayiladuthurai constituency of Tamil Nadu in the 14th Lok Sabha.