Pema Khandu

Pema Khandu

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Pema Khandu Profile

  • Name:
  • Pema Khandu
  • Born:
  • August 21, 1979
  • Father:
  • Dorjee Khandu
  • Education:
  • Hindu College, University of Delhi

Pema Khandu Biography

Pema Khandu is an Indian politician who currently serves as the chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh. He is the eldest son of former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu. He is one of the youngest chief ministers of India all time. He swore in as the chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh in July 2016 at the age of 36, to win this recognition. He and his government have twice changed their party affiliation. Previously associated with Indian National Congress and sworn in as a Congress minister, he switched to Peoples Party of Arunachal in September, and finally settled with Bharatiya Janata Party in December 2016. All these dramatic events took place within a short interval of 6 months, and is indeed a unique phenomenon in Indian politics.


Pema Khandu was born on 21 August 1979 in Tawang district, Arunachal Pradesh. He was born into a family with strong and influential background. He is the eldest son of former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, who died in a helicopter crash on 30 April 2011. Pema graduated from Hindu college, affiliated to Delhi University. Though associated with students’ politics, he got fully involved with state politics soon after the unfortunate death of his father, at the age of 32. Khandu was included in the state government as Cabinet Minister of Water Resource Development and Tourism. He represented Indian National Congress that time. He got elected from his father's constituency Mukto to join the cabinet.


Soon after his college days, Khandu became a secretary of the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee in 2005. He became president of the District Congress Committee in Tawang in 2010 and Congress Legislature Party leader on 16 July 2016. In 2014 state assembly elections, he retained his seat at Mukto. He took oath as Chief Minister on 17 July 2016 at the age of 37 years following political crisis.

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Updated: October 15, 2017

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