Ghulam Nabi Azad is an Indian politician from the Indian National Congress. He was born on March 7, 1949 at Jammu and Kashmir, India. Azad married 'Shameem Dev Azad', a well known Kashmiri singer, in 1980, and they have a son 'Saddam Nabi Azad' and a daughter 'Sofiya Nabi Azad'.
Azad's first political assignment was the Block Congress Committee secretary in Bahlesa Distt Doda in Jammu and Kashmir's Doda district, his native place. In 1980, he was appointed as the President of the All India Youth Congress, the first from the minority community. After being elected to the Seventh Lok Sabha from Maharashtra's Washim in 1980, Azad entered into the Central government as Deputy Minister in charge of Law, Justice and Company Affairs Ministry in 1982. In June 2008, Azad's government announced plans to transfer land to the board of a Hindu shrine. Many Muslims were angered by this decision and protested, leading the government to cancel the transfer; however, this reversal provoked Hindu protests. Seven people were reported killed in violence that accompanied these protests.
At the time of Government led by 'Dr. Manmohan Singh', Mr. Azad, was sworn in as the Health Minister of India. He has said, that he shall be expanding the National Rural Health Mission, that has mobilized half a million health workers, all across India, and that his ministry would also be launching a similar National Urban Health Mission, to serve the slum dwelling urban poor. He has advocated a late marriage age of between 25 and 30, especially for girls, and has asked people, to watch television, instead of producing children.