Ravi Shankar Prasad was born om 30 August 1954 in a Kayastha family in Patna, Bihar.His father Thakur Prasad was a senior advocate at the Patna High Court and one of the leading founders of the Jan Sangh, the predecessor of the Bharatiya Janata Party.On 3 February 1982, Prasad married Maya Shankar, who is a Historian and Professor of History at Patna University.
Prasad began his political career as a student leader in the 1970s organising protests against Indira Gandhi’s government and was also jailed when the emergency was imposed by Gandhi’s government in 1975. He worked in the student movement in Bihar under the leadership of Jayaprakash Narayan and was an active volunteer of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). He was associated with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and ABVP for many years and held various posts in the organisations.
Prasad is an Indian lawyer, politician and the current Union Minister holding Law and Justice and Electronics and Information Technology portfolio in the Government of India. Prasad represents the state of Bihar as a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha.During the NDA Government under Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s prime ministership, Prasad held the position of Minister of State in the Ministry of Coal and Mines, the Ministry of Law and Justice, and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.He is also a designated senior advocate in the Supreme Court of India.
Soon after taking over as a Minister for Ministry of Coal and Ministry of Mines (India), Ravi Shankar Prasad accelerated the reforms process in the mining and coal sectors. In July 2002, he was given the charge of Ministry of Law and Justice (State).On 26 May 2014 Prasad took oath as Union Minister for Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and Ministry of Law and Justice (India), Government of India.