A man of religious beliefs, a crusader for the social justice , a philanthropist, successful businessman, an advocate for rights of under priviledged, a politician, and a sportsman par excellence…that's how Anand Shukla is known among family and friends .
A man of myriad talents, Aanand stands out for his sense of commitment, responsibility, dedication, honesty, integrity and sheer passion in all his undertakings.
He was born on 2nd , Januray, 1975 at Allahabad. His parents Shri S.K. Shukla and Smt Soma Shukla were widely respected in the society for their simplicity, social services and philanthropy which was passed on to him since his childhood.
Aanand did his schooling from prestigious Boys High School, Allahabad. His penchant for leadership became evident during his student days.. He was elected as the School Boy. He completed his schooling in the year 1993.
Because of his interest in social and political matters, he joined Allahabad University in the year 1993 to do his graduation with Political Science, Philosophy and Economics and successfully completed it in the year 1996. During his graduation days at Allahabad University, he was actively involved in many student's movements notably among them were Swadeshi movement etc. He was actively involved in social services like literacy program for elders, organising relief camps during natural calamities, issues pertaining to student's problems in campus etc. Also participated in organising arts and cultural programmes. Was always available for organising and participating in games and sports events.
Aanand has special fondness for his ancestral village at Chitrakoot and whenever, he got an opportunity, visit it and get soaked in its spiritual, simple and evergreen environment. But the poverty in and around it saddened him. As a youth, he tried to do awareness and educational programmes with whatever little resources he may manage during his graduation days.
He wished to go for higher studies in the field of Political Science and Philosophy but in the year 1996, his family business suffered huge losses resulting in financial hardships for the whole family. Left with no choice, dropped the idea for higher studies and decided to take up the family responsibility. Very same year, made a modest start with cable business and with his dedication and commitement made it a profitable venture.
In the year 1999, shifted his business from Allahabad to Delhi for better growth and diversification.
He consolidated his entire business under Midas Group. The Group has diversified presence in the field of infrastructure and real estate, media , digital marketing, hospitality etc. Apart from MIDAS, SAFFRON, DIGIBONTY and LA ROYALE are the well recognised brands in the respective industries. As of now, the Group has several renowned Corporates, Government Departments, PSUs, Institutions etc as its clients. Group has several notable accomplishments to its credit like SMART CITY COMPAIGN done for Aligarh Municipal Corporation resulted in its no.1 government rating.
On one hand Aanand was relentlessly devoted to establish his business conglomerate and on the other hand was involved in social and religious works. He was very active in public life. He was deeply influenced by the works of Swami Vivekanand, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee and Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya. He always found himself very close to the ideology of Sangh and BJP. In the year 1998, he took primary membership of BJP.
As a primary member of BJP, he never aspired for any post. Since 1998 he was actively involved with several programmes of the Sangh and BJP at gross root level mostly in the Chitrakoot district like enrolment of new members as membership drive, associated with Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram (Manikpur Centre), organising youth and mahila sammelan etc.
As part of socio-economic upliftment, Aanand helped villagers especially women to form Self Help Groups resulting in mutual community development. He also encouraged rural masses to avail technology benefits to their daily life resulting in more exposure, hassle free life. BETI PADHAO, BETI BACHAO is very dear to him and this subject is always touched by him in all his campaigns at Chitrakoot.
Chitrakoot has great spiritual and religious sanctity and that is why he is working on a project to bring it to international tourism destination. He is trying so that maximum rural population should be benefitted out of it. He often arranges Bhajan Sandhya and lectures by renowned spiritual gurus at Chitrakoot.
Aanand strongly believes that corruption is one of the core problems faced by the country which needs to be handled not only politically but also socially. He further believes that political fight against corruption can not achieve the success unless until the politician fighting it is economically independent. Realising it, he worked rigorously with dedication, hardwork and honesty so that he should be able to carry forward his mission on his own, if required. This made Midas Group not only achieve greater success but also widely acclaimed for the highest level of ethical standards. These days his business enterprise is being run by team of professionals and Aanand devotes most of his time in social, philanthropic and political movements.
Since 2nd Januray, 2016, Aanand has dedicated fully to cause of Sangh and BJP. Presently he is Member, Pradesh Karyakarni, UP, BJP. In last 18 months, he has conducted around 100 public meetings in and around Chitrakoot. Recently, he was the Prabhari, Municipal Electections, Chitrakoot.
Aanand is a charismatic, dynamic, and a down-to-earth human being who lives life intensely. He is sincerely determined to reach out to the masses and bring about a positive change in the lives of those he touches.