Sachin Rajesh Pilot is an Indian Politician and one of the important leaders of the Indian National Congress. Following the footsteps of his father, Pilot has been a lieutenant in the Indian Army and has also been an important statesman. Apart from being a parliamentarian in 14th and 15th Lok Sabha, he has also handled the portfolio of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs in Manmohan Singh’s government.
Sachin Pilot was born in a Gujjar family on 7 September 1977 in Saharanpur district, Uttar Pradesh, India. His father, Rajesh pilot was a pilot in the Indian Air Force and a famous politician of the Indian National Congress. His mother, Rama Pilot was also a politician; member of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly, and Indian Parliament. Sachin received his primary education from Air Force Bal Bharati School, New Delhi. For his higher education, he attended St. Stephens College in the University of Delhi and completed his Bachelor of Arts. He also enrolled at I.M.T. Ghaziabad to receive a Diploma in Marketing. To pursue his M.B.A., he admitted to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, United States.
He is 5 feet 10 inch or 178 cm tall. His Eye and Hair colour are black.
He was born to Rajesh Pilot (also known as Rajeshwar Prasad) and Rama Pilot.
He has only one sibling, a sister, Sarika Pilot.
On 15 January 2004, Sachin married Sara Abdullah (daughter of Farooq Abdullah; former Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir).
The couple has two sons, Aaran and Vehaan.
He was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in the 2004 general election from Dausa constituency of Rajasthan. and became a member of the Standing Committee in the Ministry of Home Affairs and a member of the Consultative Committee in the Ministry of Civil Aviation. In the 2009 Lok Sabha Election, he was elected to the Parliament from Ajmer constituency. In October 2012, he became a Union Cabinet Minister in the Manmohan Singh’s government and handled the portfolio of Corporate Affairs.
On 6 September 2012, he was the first minister to be commissioned as an officer in the Territorial Army. He is therefore known as Lieutenant Pilot for being an officer in the Territorial Army.
In 2014, he was appointed as President of the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee. Sachin was defeated by Sanwarlal Jat of BJP by a margin of 1,71,983 votes in the 2014 Lok Sabha Election. Amid the growing strain between Pilot and Ashok Gehlot, Pilot claimed that 30 MLAs were backing him, and Gehlot’s government was in minority. After this statement, speculations became rife of joining him the BJP. On 14 July 2020, he was sacked from every office he held in Rajasthan. Later, he took to Twitter to share that “Truth only triumphs.”
सत्य को परेशान किया जा सकता है पराजित नहीं।
— Sachin Pilot (@SachinPilot) July 14, 2020
As in 2014, he has around ₹64 Lakh as deposits in Banks, more than ₹5 Lakh as bonds, debentures, and shares in Companies. He has Jewellery worth more than ₹13 Lakh. His net worth is around ₹5 Crore.
- He has been an employee in the Delhi Bureau of the British Broadcasting Corporation and later in an American multinational company, General Motors for two years.
- On 11 June 2000, his father, Rajesh Pilot died in a car accident.
- He co-authored Rajesh Pilot: In Spirit Forever along with his sister Sarika Pilot, which was published in 2000.
- After being an officer in Territorial Army, Sachin Pilot said, “This has been my desire to join the army for very long as I wanted to have my links with the armed forces, like my father and grandfather. I am honoured to be part of this family.”
- In the 2018 Assembly Election, he was leading the party.
- In August 2023, Sachin Pilot refuted claims made by BJP’s IT cell head, Amit Malviya, who alleged that Pilot’s father bombed Mizoram as an air force pilot on 5 March 1966; Malviya made the claim through a post on X and wrote,
Rajesh Pilot and Suresh Kalmadi were flying the Indian Air Force planes that bombed Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram, on 5 March 1966. Later both became MPs on Congress tickets and ministers in the government. It is clear that Indira Gandhi gave respect and a place in politics as a reward to those who carried out air raids on their own people in the North East.”
In response, Sachin later posted a certificate that his father received from President V. V. Giri on being appointed as a Pilot Officer in the Indian Air Force on 10 February 1970. He pointed out the inaccuracies in Malviya’s post, emphasizing that his father did conduct bombing operations, but it was in erstwhile East Pakistan during the 1971 Indo-Pak war, not in Mizoram.
.@amitmalviya – You have the wrong dates, wrong facts…Yes, as an Indian Air Force pilot, my late father did drop bombs. But that was on erstwhile East Pakistan during the 1971 Indo-Pak war and not as you claim, on Mizoram on the 5th of March 1966. He was commissioned into the… https://t.co/JfexDbczfk pic.twitter.com/Lpe1GL1NLB
— Sachin Pilot (@SachinPilot) August 15, 2023