Awarded the Global Leader of Tomorrow Award by World Economic Forum, Davos, in 1999, he earlier wrote a popular fortnightly column, Candid Corner, in India’s second largest English daily (Hindustan Times) and later wrote a column SubVerse in India’s largest English daily, the Times of India. He is also an occasional columnist in the largest Hindi daily, Dainik Bhaskar. The Prime Minister of India wrote the Foreword to his book of columns, Candid Corner, and also released the book. His Chagla Memorial Lecture at Mumbai University in 2007 and the GWU lecture in 2009 are published in reputed academic journals in India and USA. He was also invited to lecture on Federalism in Nepal in 2007 during the country’s Constitution formation, with that lecture published in the prestigious IIPA journal also winning that journal’s prize for the best essay.
Abhishek Manu Singhvi is Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Law Justice, Personnel and Grievances and current or former Member of several other Parliamentary Committees, including Privileges, Foreign Affairs, Urban Affairs and Office of Profit. He is Chairman, Indo US Forum of Parliamentarians and Vice President, Indo Greek Parliamentary Forum. Abhishek Manu Singhvi is President, Saarclaw and Member, Governing Body, National Law Universities of Jodhpur and Delhi. He has been lead first speaker from the Treasury Benches in Parliament on almost all major Parliamentary debates during his tenure, including Indo US Nuclear Agreement, Office of Profit, Internal Security, Judicial Activism, Terrorism, the Budget, the Motion of Thanks to the President of India, the Ayodhya/ Liberhan Commission, Lokpal Bill and many more.
As Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee, the Lokpal Bill was discussed in a 30 member, 12 party Committee and reported back to Parliament in a record 10 weeks, after receiving over 10000 written representations and hearing almost 140 individual witnesses. The Report discussed and reported on over 24 issues and reflected overwhelming consensus on almost all of them. Abhishek Singhvi was also the lead speaker from the Treasury benches in the Lokpal debate in the Upper House on December 29, 2011.
Rajya Sabha MP and Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi chaired the 30-member parliamentary panel that presented its voluminous report earlier this month on the Lokpal Bill 2011. The report has points of divergence with both the official Lokpal Bill draft and the Team Anna version. (The Union Cabinet on Tuesday night approved a Bill for the creation of the Lokpal with constitutional status that will have no control over the CBI but brings within its purview the Prime Minister with a number of safeguards.) Excerpts from an interview with Mukund Padmanabhan, held earlier in the day.
Abhishek Manu Singhvi is of the view that people are always born with a silver spoon, however if they do not fight hard to prove themselves in whatever career they choose, then they would get rejected in fraction of seconds by the society. He says, “The actual test of a person’s potential gradient comes to test, when they start to perform”. He cites his own example that how confused he was when he had to choose a field but at that point of time his father became his inspiration and gave him courage.
Further Abhishek Manu Singhvi is an impressive author and social activist as well. His association with the media has been noted since a long time, with the help of his expression force and communication through his amusing and humorous, self-possessed non emotional conversational talks. His contribution in media includes the ‘Candid Corner’, a column written by him in Hindustan Times which are also published in a book form. Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi reflects his stature of being an attractive source to the dynamic and ever-popular televised urban privileged and influential class of the society.
Apart from his various contributions as a politician, an important one is his support for the Lokpal Bill. He says, “You are creating breeding ground for corruption. You are making a body outside the whole system, with inherent conflict of interest. Our conception is of checks and balances. That is how our Constitution is framed. This bill abolishes need for prior sanction for investigation against govt servants. We have said for 60 years we should have some difference between prosecution and investigation”. This separation is created by the bill.
In 2011, Abhishek Manu Singhvi delivered the Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture at the prestigious Indian Institute of Public Administration on “Parliamentary Democracy” and the Nehru Memorial Lecture at the India Centre at Cardiff, Wales, UK on “Institutional Foundations Of Indian Democracy.”
Abhishek Manu Singhvi , who is an Indian politician belongs to Indian National Congress party. Abhishek Manu Singhvi is a man with diverse interests and keeps himself indulged in creative activities too. He is also a Member of the Parliament of India representing Rajasthan in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament. He was formerly the spokesperson of the Congress party. Apart from being a renowned name in the world of politics and a member of the parliament, from Rajasthan, Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi has been actively writing columns in several newspapers.
Abhishek Manu Singhvialways had time to appear in the electronic reports channels and has ensured to contribute his bit by submitting his voice to the print media. Abhishek Manu Singhvi association with the media has been noted since a long time, with the help of his expression force and communication through his amusing and humorous, self-possessed non emotional conversational talks.