Washington: Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar has been appointed to Hudson Institute’s Board of Trustees. The institute’s president and CEO Kenneth R Weinstein announced that Rajeev Chandrasekhar will join their Board of Trustees and that the MP is one of Indians leading policymakers and entrepreneurs.

Weinstein added that Chandrasekhar’s insight and experience will prove to be great assets to Hudson’s growing presence in India.

“As India and the United States become closer strategic partners, I’m delighted to contribute to the framework of deepening cooperation through my relationship with Hudson,” said Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Member of the Indian Parliament and Hudson Trustee.

Rajeev Chandrasekhar has served as Member of Parliament for three terms - two as independent MP and currently as part of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).


Having joined the Parliament in 2006, Chandrasekhar has worked in fields ranging from defence, anti-corruption to urban development and information technology.

After the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, Chandrasekhar, while serving as president of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, established the National Intelligence Grid with an intention to strengthen India’s core security agencies.

Before stepping into politics, Chandrasekhar was the brain behind one of India’s first mobile network operators - BPL Mobile. He then started an investment and financial services firm - Jupiter Capital - after selling his majority stake in 2006. As chairman of this firm, he encourages entrepreneurship.

Chandrasekhar is a civic activist, which led him to establish Namma Bengaluru Foundation earlier in his career to fight for city’s issues. With an aim to do work towards the welfare of India’s armed forces and the soldiers’ families, he established the Flags of Honour Foundation. 

Chandrasekhar graduated from the Manipal Institute of Technology and the llinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Visvesvaraya Technological University in India awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Science.