Manish Sisodia Biography- Early Life, Political Career, Activism, Reforms,, And More

Manish Sisodia is an Indian journalist and politician. He has worked with All India Radio and Zee News. Currently, he is the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi. Know more about his early life, political career, activist movements, reforms,, and more.
Manish Sisodia Biography
Manish Sisodia Biography

Manish Sisodia Biography: After former health minister Satyendar Jain's arrest last year on graft charges, Delhi's deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia became the second Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader to be detained.

Read on to know more about the politician’s life.

Manish Sisodia- Early Life And Career

Born in a Rajput family in Uttar Pradesh, Manish Sisodia was enrolled in a government school in his village. His father was a public school teacher. After completing a diploma in journalism, he kick-started his career as a journalist.

During his early career, he also worked as a radio jockey for an FM Radio station.

During the days when he worked for All India Radio, he hosted programs like “Zero Hour”. After working with All India Radio, he started working with Zee News as a  newsreader and news reporter.


Manish Sisodia

Birth Date:

February 5, 1972

Age (as of 2022):

50 years

Place of Birth:

Uttar Pradesh, India


Pilkhuwa, Hapur District, Uttar Pradesh, India

Father’s profession

Public school teacher


Seema Sisodia


Kshatriya, (Rajput)



Manish Sisodia Early Life

Activist Movements

Manish Sisodia was a key volunteer in the non-profit organization, Parivartan founded by Arvind Kejriwal.

Then, Sisodia formally quit journalism and joined hands with Arvind Kejriwal to form Kabir, a non-profit to organize public hearings with government officials.

Moreover, Manish Sisodia was one of the chief people who led to the drafting of the Right To Information Act. He also became a participant in India Against Corruption movement led by Anna Hazare in 2011 which sought the Jan Lokpal bill.

Political Career

Manish Sisodia was a key figure in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). He became a member of the party’s Political Affairs Committee. In 2013, Manish Sisodia was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly after defeating Nakul Bhardwaj by 11,476 votes. 

In the 2015 Delhi Assembly election, he got elected again for the Patparganj, this time to defeating a Bharatiya Janata Party candidate by 28,761 votes. 

In 2020, he again came victorious in the Delhi Legislative Assembly election, defeating Ravinder Singh by over 3000 votes. 

Reforms By Manish Sisodia

Manish Sisodia has always been known to bring radical reforms in many areas.

Educational Reforms

As Delhi’s Finance Minister in 2015, Manish Sisodia took the drastic decision to double the funding for the public education program. Till now, the Delhi government allocates a quarter of its total budget for the same.

Manish Sisodia has also worked on the reconstruction of building the infrastructure of schools, construction of football fields, auditoriums, hockey turfs, and modern classrooms along with tech-based teaching aids.

Sisodia led to many other meaningful educational interventions like advanced teacher training modules. Moreover, the statewide program, Mission Buniyaad also proves to be an exemplary step to enhancing foundational learning outcomes for students. 

Another outstanding reform by Sisdoia is his experimentation with Deshbhakti Curriculum, Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum, and Happiness Curriculum for students, paving the way for a new age curriculum.

Not to miss, Manish Sisodia has also established three outstanding state universities in the realm of Higher and Technical Education, namely, Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University (DSEU), Delhi Sports University (DSU), and Delhi Teachers University.

Economic Reforms

The government’s budget has doubled in the seven years of Manish Sidodia’s entrepreneurship as the Finance Minister in Delhi. This has been possible due to an increase in the tax base, by ending the “Raid Raj'' and plugging leaks. Sisodia also brought forward the much-acclaimed Outcome Budget which proves to be a revolutionary step to enhance the political accountability of public finance.

Awards And Recognition


Awards and Recognition


Listed among the 100 most influential Indians 2016 by The Indian Express


Awarded with the “Finest Education Minister” award


Awarded with the “Champions of Change” Award


Awarded with the Mahatma Award

Current Positions

Currently, he is the cabinet minister in the Third Kejriwal ministry. He holds charge of many departments of the Government of Delhi, viz, Finance, Tourism, Labor, Land and Building, Services, Culture, Language, Art, Vigilance, Planning, PWD, and Education.


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