Captain Abhimanyu (a.k.a. Abhimanyu Singh Sindhu; born on 18 December 1967) is a Cabinet Minister with independent charge of 8 departments in Government of Haryana state in India in the first-ever government led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state of Haryana.
He is a politician, decorated Indian Army soldier, award-winning newspaper editor, entrepreneur, educationist and philanthropist. Currently (19 October 2014), he is BJP's Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) in Legislative Assembly of Haryana from Narnaund in Hisar district.
He served in the Indian Army for six years where he was decorated with Special Services Medal. He was then selected for the Civil Services of India (ICS) but chose not to join in favour of philanthropic and social service work.
Before entering politics, Sindhu was a successful self-made entrepreneur as the founder-owner, director and chairman of several companies covering business empire across India in coal mining, power generation, transport, finance & share broking, education, media and newspaper. Among the businesses that he started is Hari Bhoomi, a Hindi-language newspaper of which he remains editor-in-chief.
As a trustee and/or chairman of various family-owned not-for-profit foundations, such as Param Mitra Manav Nirman Sansthan and Sindhu Education Foundation that own 10+ private colleges and schools in Haryana and Chhattisgarh, he undertakes charitable and social work e.g. scholarships, free books, medical camps for poor.
Sindhu holds or has held several prominent BJP party positions including as National Spokesperson, National General Secretary, General Secretary in Haryana, in-charge of Punjab state, and co-in-charge of the state of Uttar Pradesh campaign during the Indian General Election, 2014.
In 2014, he won the election for the position of Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) as the BJP candidate from Narnaund in Haryana Vidhan Sabha constituency.
He is also involved in the promotion of archery as a sport.
Abhimanyu Singh Sindhu was born on 18 December 1967 at Khanda Kheri village, Hisar district, Haryana, India. He is named after the Hindu warrior Abhimanyu (son of Arjuna) of the Mahabharata epic. His mother is Parmeshwari Devi and father is Mitter Sen Sindhu, who was a millionaire industrialist and philanthropist.
The family has been described as a "middle-class Arya Samaj family". They moved to Model Town in Rohtak where he completed his schooling and college education from Jat College.
He lives in a joint family arrangement with his three sisters and six brothers. His youngest brother, Dev Suman Singh Sindhu, is married to the daughter of the former BJP Chief Minister of Delhi, Sahib Singh Verma and sister of BJP MP from West Delhi Lok Sabha Constituency Parvesh Verma.
Sindhu earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak, in 1986. He obtained a LLB from the Maharishi Dayanand University in 2005 and has also got a postgraduate diploma in Mass Communication from the Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar, which was awarded in 2007. He had done executive education course at Harvard Business School. in 2015.
In 1987, Sindhu joined the Indian Army, passing-out as a Second Lieutenant on 5 March 1988 to serve in 7 Mechanised Infantry Regiment (1 Dogra). He was awarded the Special Services Medal (Desert) in 1989. His army career ended in 1993.
In 1994, he was selected for the Indian Civil Service but he chose not to join, preferring instead to concentrate on philanthropic and social service work.
Sindhu was involved in business prior to his political career. He is variously the founder-owner, director and chairman of several companies, including Sindhu Tradelinks Pvt Ltd and Indus Portfolio Pvt Ltd. His business ventures include coal mining, power generation, transport, share broking, finance and portfolio management, education and media.
Sindhu is editor-in-chief of the Hindi-language daily Hari Bhoomi newspaper that is distributed in Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and parts of Delhi and Odisha. In 2012, this was the 11th-largest Hindi daily newspaper in India by readership. In 2002, he received the Babu Bal Mukund Gupt Award from the Haryana Sahitya Akademi for his work in journalism.
Sindhu is actively involved with the management of Delhi Public Schools in various places.
He has also helped in establishing gurukuls in various regions of Odisha, Uttarakhand, Haryana and Chhattisgarh. This has been done through his family-supported organisations Param Mitra Manav Nirman Sansthan and Sindhu Education Foundation. The organisations particularly promote girl’s education and provide help to children of weaker sections by giving them scholarships free books and uniforms.
Sindhu is also president of Haryana Archery Association and associate vice-president of the Archery Association of India.
In 1997, he joined the senior BJP leader L. K. Advani’s Swarna Jayanti Rath Yatra and mobilized milling crowds for the cause. During Lok Sabha elections, he was the election agent and Co-ordinator of Swami Indravesh in 1998, the BJP candidate from Rohtak. He was election agent and co-ordinator for Sahib Singh Verma, former Chief Minister of Delhi; and successfully managed the entire election campaign of the biggest Lok Sabha constituency of India, Outer Delhi in 1999.
Sindhu lost the 2004 contest for the Rohtak Lok Sabha parliamentary constituency against Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the then state Indian National Congress president. In the following year, he failed to win in a by-election for the same constituency against Hooda's son, Deepender Singh Hooda, and also lost the Legislative Assembly of Haryana contest in the Narnaund constituency.
In 2005, Sindhu was appointed as the General Secretary of Haryana BJP unit.
In 2009, he contested and lost the election for the position of MLA in the Legislative Assembly of Haryana as the BJP candidate from Narnaund. He also lost the contest for the Rohtak Lok Sabha constituency in the same year.
In 2012, as the co–in-charge of BJP Punjab, his role remained pivotal in spearheading the victory of Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance in the Punjab Legislative Assembly elections by beating the anti-incumbency mood in the state. In 2012, he was involved in Media Management of Uttarakhand Vidhan Sabha elections and the Election Management team of Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha elections.
In 2013, He was appointed as BJP National Spokesperson and Co-in-charge of Uttar Pradesh by Rajnath Singh ahead of the Indian General Election, 2014.
In 2014, he won the Narnaund seat in the Legislative Assembly of Haryana by a margin of 5761 votes. He was then sworn in as Cabinet Minister with charge of 13 different ministries.
Sindhu was given independent charge of the following 13 Government of Haryana departments as a Cabinet Minister. He has the highest number of departments after Chief Minister.