Ananth Kumar, an active political leader, was born on (22 July 1959) in Bangalore, Karnataka. He graduated in faculty of Arts (B.A) from K S Arts College, Hubli affiliated to the Karnatak University and later, completed his bachelors in law (L.L.B) from J.S.S. Law College affiliated to the Mysore University.
He is a member of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and he was a member of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the student wing of the sangh parivar. During the Emergency, he was also put in jail. Susquently, he was elected as the State Secretary of the ABVP and later, became its National Secretary in 1985. Subsequently, he joined BJP and was nominated as the State President of BJP Yuva Morcha. He was made National Secretary of the party in 1996.
He was elected from Bangalore South Lok Sabha constituency to the 11th Lok Sabha in 1996. In 1998 he was re elected and was inducted into the Union Cabinet headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the Minister for Civil Aviation. In 1999, he was re elected to a 3rd Consecutive term and became a cabinet minister in the National Democratic Alliance government. He handled various ministries like Tourism, Sports & Youth Affairs, Culture, Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation. He became the President of the Karnataka state unit of BJP in 2003 and led the state unit which became the single largest party in the Legislative Assembly and won the highest number of Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka in 2004. In 2004, he was appointed as the National General Secretary of the BJP and has held that post ever since. He got reelected in 2009. In 2014 elections, he has to face a strong contender from Congress, Nandan Nilekani, when Congress is in power in the state. But still, he came out as a winner.
Ananth Kumar in Parliament in 2013