Mr. Dayanidhi Maran, Former Minister for Communications and Information Technology belongs to an illustrious family of Tamil Nadu whose contributions to the development of the State has been numerous and manifolds. His father late Murasoli Maran served in the Union Cabinet in various capacities, his last important assignment being Minister for Commerce and Industry. It was during this tenure that late Murasoli Maran was able to successfully put India’s case at the forum of the World Trade Organization (WTO) forthrightly and firmly. He was considered a votary of liberalization and anti-licence raj. The Trade Policy also got new direction under his stewardship, thus laying a solid foundation for the country’s economy.
It is for the first time that Mr. Dayanidhi Maran contested and got elected to the fourteenth Lok Sabha from the Central Madras constituency, securing 61.7% of the 5,12,820 votes polled and winning by a margin of over 1,34,000 votes, and thus continued the legacy of his late father. Mr. Maran, younger son of late Murasoli Maran, received initial education in Tamil Nadu and graduated in Economics from Loyola College in Chennai. He attended many educational programmes and courses including the “Owner /President Management Programme” (OPM) from Harvard Business School in Boston, United Sates of America.
Mr. Dayanidhi Maran has inherited politics from his late father who dedicated his entire life to the services of the downtrodden and the oppressed classes. During his leadership, late Murasoli Maran took up many cudgels and fought for their causes. His grand uncle Dr. Kalignar M. Karunanidhi, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, through his unfathomed contributions, has guided and given new momentum to the growth of the State.
Mr. Maran has been deeply involved and associated with the Print Media for well over a decade. He is a voracious reader and takes keen interest in areas of current affairs, political science, social science, commerce, finance, global trade and information technology.
Mr. Dayanidhi Maran has widely traveled and been to many countries and attended various seminars, conference which enabled him to get first-hand exposure in the diverse fields of media, television, cable technology, political economy and management.
Mr. Maran is keen sportsman and love playing golf, cricket and tennis.