Kiren Rijiju (born 19 November 1971) is Union Minister of State for Home Affairs of India.
Kiren Rijiju was born on 19 November 1971 in Nafra in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh in India. He was born to a leading family of Shri Rinchin Kharu and Smt. Chirai Rijiju. His father himself was the first pro-term speaker of Arunachal to give oath to the Members of the first State Assembly.
He was an active social worker since his school days; he led various social movements as a social worker and student leader. He was also a member of the youth and cultural team which participated in the Festival of India in USSR in 1987. He has widely visited many countries in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the US as a member of various Parliamentary delegations. He was named the best athlete in his school and college days and he has participated in the National Games.
He is a graduate of Hansraj College, University of Delhi and also has a graduate degree in Law from Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law University of Delhi. As a student he participated in the “Festival of India in USSR” held in Moscow in 1987.
Kiren Rijiju is considered the face of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in North East India. He served as a Member of Khadi and Village Industries Commission from 2000 to 2005. Kiren Rijiju is arguably the most iconic political leader from Arunachal Pradesh in recent times; he is often being referred to as the “voice of North East India”. He occasionally writes articles on security & socio-economic issues.
Rijiju has entered the Lok Sabha for the second time from the Arunachal (West) constituency of Arunachal Pradesh in India.
Rijiju was placed among the top 5 opposition MPs reviewed by their peers in the treasury bench based on high benchmark in debates, discussions and decorum and was placed among stalwarts like L.K. Advani. He was also chosen as the best young MP by many national daily and English fortnightly magazine.
His wife is Joram Rina Rijiju; the couple were married in 2004. She is a graduate from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi and is a gold medalist from Arunachal University. She is an assistant professor teaching history at Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar.