Hon'ble Speaker         

Delhi Vidhan Sabha     


Born on 17th April, 1944 in a respectable family of Late Sh. Mahashaya Prahlad Singh Arya in Village Bhadhani, Haryana, who worked throughout his life for national cause and national language and was sent to jail many times for the same which inspired young Yoganand to devote his life for the cause of cultural heritage and society. An intellectual of international eminence, Dr. Yoganand Shastri is a person who believes in simple living and the enhancement of Indian cultural heritage and values.

He is teaching in Bhagat Singh College and has kept him in touch with the vibrancy and awareness of youth. He is an accessible and tireless leader to whom people’s problems are foremost and has been working for the overall development of the capital.


* M.A., Ph.D. (Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology),

* Specialization in Ancient languages and scripts (Brahmi, Kharoshthi and Indo- Greek).

* Professor in Bhagat Singh College, Delhi University since 1971.

Creative Work

Dr. Shastri is an Author of the book ‘Youdheya Republic in ancient India’ published in year 1999. He is Writer of ‘Tiranga’, a chapter in the documentary film on National Movement produced by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India. Dr. Shastri delivered more than thirty talks for All India Radio and Doordarshan on Historical and Cultural Diversity of India.

International Representations

Dr. Shastri represented India in the year 1972 at the International Congress of Orientalists held in Paris and presented a research paper on ‘The Republican Government in Ancient India’ and also represented Delhi University at International Conference on Human Sciences held in 1976 in Mexico. In 1983 he attended the International Congress held at Tokyo and presented a paper ‘Inscribed Teracottas of the Gupts period depleting Ramayana scenes’ and also attended 34th Congress of Asian and North African Studies in 1983 held at Hong Kong and China. In various symposiums and seminars he presented research papers in Italy, England, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Holland and Switzerland.


* Member Sanskrit Academy, Delhi.

* Convener of University Teachers Congress during 1978-1981.

* Former member of International Aryan League (Sarvadeshika Arya Pratinidhi Sabha).

* Former Treasurer of ‘Vidhya Sabha’. Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar.

Political Career

Dr. Shastri was elected to the Delhi Legislative Assembly in 1998 with an impressive margin and took oath as a Minister for Development, Food and Civil Supplies, Government of Delhi, He was elected as Vice President, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC). In 2003 he has been elected to the Delhi Legislative Assembly in 2003 from Malviya Nagar Constituency with an impressive margin and became the Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Govt. of Delhi. Re-elected to the Fourth Delhi Assembly from Mehrauli Assembly Constituency and unanimously elected Speaker, Delhi Legislative Assembly on 19.12.2008.

Personal Information

Name : Dr. Yoganand Shastri

Father’s Name : Late Sh. Mahashaya Prahlad Singh Arya

Date of Birth : 17th April, 1944

Present Address : C-24, Geetanjali Enclave, New Delhi-17.

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