Sukh Ram Age, Death, Caste, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

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Death Cause: Cardiac Arrest
Hometown: Mandi, Himachal Pradesh
Age: 94 Years

Other Name(s) Sukhram [1]ABP Live
Full name Sukh Ram Sharma [2]Aaj Tak
Profession(s) Politician and Agriculturist
Names Earned • Pandit Sukh Ram [3]India Today
• King of Mandi [4]Hindustan Times
• Kingmaker of Himachal [5]Hindustan Times
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.) in centimeters– 165 cm
in meters– 1.65 m
in feet & inches– 5’ 5”
Eye Colour Brown
Hair Colour Salt & Pepper
Political Party Indian National Congress (1962-1997), (2019-May 2022)

Himachal Vikas Congress (6 July 1997-dissolved in 2004)

Bharatiya Janata Party (2017–2019)

Political Journey Political Journey
1962-1963: Member of the Territorial Council, Himachal Pradesh
1963-1985: Member of the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly
1963-1984: Represented Mandi Assembly Seat
1967-1972 and 1980-1985: Minister, Himachal Pradesh (held various portfolios)
1972-1977: General Secretary, PCC(I), Himachal Pradesh
1984: Elected to Lok Sabha (Eighth) and served as the junior minister in Rajiv Gandhi government

September 1985-October 1986: Union Minister of State, Defense Production and Supplies
October 1986-February 1988: Union Minister of State, Planning
February 1988-December 1989: Union Minister of State, Food and Civil Supplies (Independent)
1991: Re-elected to Lok Sabha (Tenth)
July 1992-January 1993: Union Minister of State, Planning and Programme Implementation (Independent Charge) and Minister of State, Non-conventional Energy Sources
January 1993-May 1996: Union Minister of State, Communications (Independent Charge)
1996: Elected to Lok Sabha (Eleventh) for the third time
1997: Split from Congress
6 July 1997: Formed an independent political party Himachal Vikas Congress

1998: Post poll alliance with the BJP
1998: Contested the Assembly Elections from Mandi Sadar (won by a huge margin of 22000+ votes)
2004: Himachal Vikas Congress merged with Congress
2007: Announced retirement from electoral politics
2017: Joined the BJP
2019: Rejoined the Congress Party

Personal Life
Date of Birth 27 July 1927 (Wednesday)
Birthplace Arnyana, Kotli Tungal (Kotli), Mandi, British Punjab (now Himachal Pradesh, India)
Date of Death 11 May 2022
Place of Death AIIMS, New Delhi
Age (at the time of death) 94 Years
Death Cause Cardiac Arrest [6]The Tribune
Zodiac sign Leo
Nationality Indian
Hometown Arnyana, Kotli Tungal (Kotli), Mandi, British Punjab (now Himachal Pradesh, India)
College/University • Panjab University, Chandigarh
• Law Faculty, Delhi University, Delhi
Educational Qualification(s) • BA from Panjab University, Chandigarh
• LLB from Law Faculty, Delhi University, Delhi [7]Hindustan Times
Religion Hinduism
Caste Brahmin [8]The Indian Express
Address Samkhetar Street, Mandi Town-175001, Himachal Pradesh
Controversy Sukh Ram was sentenced to jail for five years in 2011 for his involvement in corruption which was conducted while he was serving as the Minister of Communications and Information Technology in 1996. He was convicted of taking Rs 3 lakh as a bribe from a private firm Haryana Telecom Ltd (HTL) for giving a contract of Rs 30 crore to supply 3.5 lakh conductor kilometres (LCKM) of Polythene Insulated Jelly Filled (PIJF) cables to the Telecom Department. [9]Firstpost As per a leading newspaper, during the hearing of his case in the Delhi Court, Sukh Ram said,
“I(Sukhram) am an 86-year-old person and attending the trial for the past 12 to 13 years. I suffer from old age-related ailments and have lost my wife. Therefore, a lenient view may be taken. As such it is not a case where the government has lost any money. The CBI allegation was that he (Sukhram) took bribe but no financial loss has been caused to the Government exchequer.”
In reply, the CBI prosecutor said,
“He is a “habitual offender” and sought maximum punishment for him.”
While talking to the reporters, Sukh Ram said,
“Despite the fact that age is not on my side, I have not lost hope for justice. I am the victim of a political conspiracy. My fight will continue till I come out clean from the court of law.”
Relationships & More
Marital Status (at the time of death) Widower
Marriage Date 6 August 1953
Wife/Spouse Late Ram Devi
Children He had two sons and three daughters. One of his sons Anil Sharma is a politician from BJP, agriculturist, businessman. [10]Hindustan Times

Parents Father– Late Shri Bhav Dev
Mother– Name Not Known
Siblings He had nine siblings.
Other Relative(s) Grandson(s)- 2
• Aashray Sharma (politician)

• Aayush Sharma (actor; married to Arpita Khan)

Money Factor
Assets/Properties (as of 2009) • Movable Assets and Immovable Assets: Rs 4.25 crore
• Cash: Rs 3.61 crore
• Jewellery: Rs 10.29 lakh
• Bank Balance: Rs 4.29 lakh
• Household Articles: Rs 10.30 lakh
Gross Total: 8.10 crore (approx.)
[11]The Economic Times

Some Lesser Known Facts About Sukh Ram

  • Sukh Ram was an Indian politician and agriculturist. He was known for bringing a revolution in the telecom industry in India during his tenure as the Minister of Communications and Information Technology from 1993 to 1996.
  • In 1953, after completing his graduation in law, he started practising as a lawyer at the Mandi District law courts.
  • He started his political career with Congress, and later, due to a tiff in the party, he left Congress. However, he rejoined the party in 2019.
  • After a successful tenure with his independent political party Himachal Vikas Congress, he merged the party with Congress in 2004.
  • He had a successful political career with the BJP and served as the Power Minister, Himachal Pradesh.

    An old photo of Sukh Ram

  • He is considered one of the key persons in bringing mobile phones to India. In an interview, he said,

    Once I had gone to Japan as Telecom Minister. I saw that the driver had kept the mobile phone in his pocket. Seeing this he felt that if Japan can have this technology, then why not in India. Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, also wanted to make computers and telephones door-to-door in India.”

  • He was related to Salman Khan’s family as Salman’s sister Arpita Khan is married to the grandson of Sukh Ram named Aayush Sharma.
  • On 4 May 2022, Sukh Ram had a brain stroke and was immediately admitted to a regional hospital in Mandi. Himachal Pradesh. His condition went critical, and he was airlifted to the AIIMS, Delhi. After being on a ventilator for two days, he died of a massive cardiac arrest on 11 May 2022.
  • His grandson Aashray Sharma confirmed the news of his demise on Twitter. He tweeted,
    End of an era. Alvida Dada ji abi nhi bjegi phone ki ghanti (good by Dada ji, now the bell of your phone will not ring.”
  • Sukh Ram’s other grandson Aayush took to Instagram to share the news.

    Aayush Sharma’s Instagram post for Sukh Ram

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↑1 ABP Live
↑2 Aaj Tak
↑3 India Today
↑4, ↑5, ↑7, ↑10 Hindustan Times
↑6 The Tribune
↑8 The Indian Express
↑9 Firstpost
↑11 The Economic Times