Gaurav Gogoi is an Indian politician and social worker who is the son of former Chief Minister of Assam, Tarun Gogoi. He has been elected to parliament twice from the Kaliabor constituency of Assam. In 2023, he hit the headlines after leading a No-Confidence Motion against the Narendra Modi-led government.
Gaurav Gogoi was born on Saturday, 4 September 1982 (age 41 years, age of 2023) in Delhi, India. His zodiac sign is Virgo. Gaurav completed his schooling at St. Columba’s School in Delhi in 2000. He then pursued a Bachelor of Technology in Electronic Engineering from the Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Engineering (Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University), Delhi in 2004. In 2010, he attended the Robert F Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (New York University) where he earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration.
Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Weight (approx.): 70 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Gaurav Gogoi belongs to the Tai-Ahom community, an ethnic group of Assam.
Parents & Siblings
Gaurav’s father’s name is Tarun Gogoi and his mother’s is Dolly Gogoi. His father was a lawyer and politician who served as the Chief Minister of Assam from 2001 to 2016 as the longest-serving chief minister of the state. Tarun Gogoi died on 23 November 2020. His mother, Dolly Gogoi, is a postgraduate from Gauhati University.
Gaurav has a sister named Chandrima Gogoi who holds a degree of MBA and lives abroad.
Wife & Children
Gaurav got married to Elizabeth Colebourn, a British, in October 2013. Elizabeth studied at the London School of Economics.
Gaurav has two children, a son, Kabir, born in 2016, and a daughter, Maya, born in 2020.
Gaurav dated Elizabeth when he was pursuing his Master’s in Public Administration in New York. They met in 2010 when Elizabeth was an intern with the sanctions committee of the United Nations Secretariat. In a talk show, Gaurav said,
Initially, both families opposed our marriage. Elizabeth’s family because of the cultural difference and mine because of the political impact it would have on my political career. But I always follow my heart so I decided to risk the consequences.”
Gaurav Gogoi follows Hinduism.
Gaurav Gogoi belongs to the OBC community.
Gaurav’s permanent address is Nazirali, P.O. – Jorhat, District- Jorhat, Assam, PIN – 781005.
After completing his engineering degree, Gaurav joined the marketing team at Airtel, pursuing his dream of becoming a CEO. However, he soon realized that he wanted to make a social impact rather than a financial one. As a result, he left his lucrative job in 2005 and joined an NGO to work in remote areas.
After working with a Delhi-based NGO, Parvah, Gaurav left for New York to pursue a degree in Public Administration. Upon completing his degree, he worked for the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in New York. When he returned to India, he founded an NGO in Assam to oversee the mid-day meal program and introduce children to organic farming.
Gaurav joined the Indian National Congress party in 2013 and was selected as the party’s candidate for the Kaliabor constituency of Assam in the 2014 general election. He was elected to the 16th Lok Sabha, defeating Mrinal Kumar Saikia of the BJP by a margin of 93,874 votes. During his tenure from 2014 to 2019, he became a member of various committees including the Standing Committee on Defence, Railways, and Committee on Violation of Protocol Norms and Contemptuous Behaviour of Government Officers with Members of Lok Sabha.
In 2019, Gaurav was re-elected to the Lok Sabha from the Kaliabor constituency, which has been held by the Gogoi family since 1998. In 2020, he was appointed as the deputy leader of the Congress party in the Lok Sabha.
Gaurav led a No-Confidence Motion against the ruling party government on 26 July 2023, citing the Manipur ethnic violence as the reason. He was later appointed as the chairman of the screening committee on 3 August 2023, responsible for selecting candidates for the 2024 general elections. Other members of this committee included Ashok Gehlot, Sachin Pilot, and CP Joshi, among others.
Awards, Honours, Achievements
- Best Parliamentarian Award 2018 by Fame India Magazine
- Bharat Asmita Rashtriya Puruskar 2022 by MIT School of Government
Assets & Properties
- Deposits in Banks, Financial Institutions and Non-Banking Financial Companies: Rs 18,61,031
- Bonds, Debentures and Shares in companies: Rs 70,000
- NSS, Postal Savings etc: Rs 2,50,000
- Motor Vehicles: Rs 5,18,110
Note: The given estimates of movable and immovable assets are according to the year 2019. It excludes the assets owned by his wife and dependents (minor).
Gaurav didn’t mention anything in the Immovable Assets section in his 2019 general election affidavit.
Gaurav’s net worth for the financial year 2019-2010 was estimated to be Rs 16,43,641. It excludes the net worth of his wife and dependents (minors).
- Politician(s): Bhagat Singh, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Jawaharlal Nehru
- Food: Kolkata Biryani , Prawns, Crabs
- Gaurav follows a non-vegetarian diet.
- He is a big foodie and never misses his exercise routine. On working days he does a seven and on holidays a twelve-kilometre run. Discussing his love for food in an interview, he said,
I love food. I exercise to eat. My motivation to exercise is food because then I can tuck in whatever comes my way.”
- Gaurav never wanted to be a politician. He told about his dream in an interview and said,
My ambition was not to be a politician. My first dream was to be a CEO of a consulting firm. I wanted to be an active participant in the IT boom gripping India.”
- His hobbies are playing football, shooting, cooking, and dancing.