Harmohan Dhawan

Harmohan Dhawan is an Indian politician and Former Member of Parliament from Chandigarh, India. He was born on 14 July 1940 at Fatehjung, District Caimbalpur (Now in West Pakistan). After partition of India in 1947, Dhawan’s family migrated to Ambala Cantt., India, where he did his Matriculation from B.D. High School, and Intermediate from S.D. College, Ambala Cantt.


In 1960, Dhawan joined the Department of Botany at Panjab University, Chandigarh, and did his B.Sc. (Honours) in 1963 and MSc (Honours) in the year 1965. Dhawan was a Research Scholar from 1965 to 1970 and joined the PL 480 aided project, wherein he did research on “Cytological Studies of the Economic Plants of North West Himalayas”. In the year 1970 Dhawan started a Small Scale Unit and became President of Industries Association of Chandigarh.[1] In the year 1979, he also entered the Hospitality Industry by launching a fine dining restaurant called “Mehfil”.


Harmohan Dhawan was awarded the best Young Entrepreneur Award by the Vice President of India in the year 1983.


In the year 1977 Harmohan Dhawan joined politics and the Late Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar was his Political Guru. He became the President of the Janata Party in year 1981. Because of his Socialist[2] bent of mind, Dhawan struggled for the welfare of the downtrodden and went to jail more than 10 times for their cause.


In 1989 he was elected as Member of Parliament from the Chandigarh constituency and became Minister of Civil Aviation,[3] in the late Mr. Chandra Shekhar’s Government.[


He was a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)[5][6] which is now the single most dominant party of the Indian parliament after the 2014 general election. Dhawan has now joined the Aam Aadmi Party after being impressed by the performance of the Arvind Kejriwal-led Govt of Delhi. He is expected to be the AAP candidate from Chandigarh in the forthcoming Lok Sabha 2019 elections.