Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and currently the Minister of Minority Affairs under the Narendra Modi government. His journey with politics began in 1975, during the period of Emergency, when at the age of 17 he was jailed at the Naini Central Jail in Maharashtra for his political activities.
As a student leader, Naqvi had participated in the activities of the Janata Party, and in 1980 he had contested elections for the legislative assembly of Uttar Pradesh as a candidate of Janata Party (Secular) but was unsuccessful. He had also contested elections as an independent candidate in the 1980 Lok Sabha elections from the Ayodhya constituency.
Naqvi was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1998 from the Rampur seat of Uttar Pradesh and was given the post of Minister of State for Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in the BJP government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He was also given additional charge of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, and ever since, has been considered as the leading Muslim face of the BJP.
He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2016, and he became Minister of State for Minority Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs on May 2014 in the Narendra Modi government. After Najma Heptulla resigned on July 12, 2016, he got independent charge of the Ministry of Minority Affairs.
Naqvi then took oath as a Cabinet minister in Narendra Modi's Cabinet in May 2019 and continued with the Ministry of Minority Affairs.
Naqvi is of the view that a "baseless" campaign had been started by the Congress party to prevent Indian Muslims from joining the BJP. He also feels that for the BJP to increase its support amongst Muslims, they should be made to feel they are 'equal citizens of the country'.
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi was born on October 15, 1957 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh to AH Naqvi and Sakina Begum. He married Seema Naqvi on June 8, 1983 and they have a son together.
Naqvi has completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Media and Communication and had studied at the Asian Academy of Film and Television (AAFT) located in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
Naqvi has written three books - Syah (1991), Danga (1998) and Vaisali (2008).
Naqvi is also active on social media, and his Facebook account is Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi/@naqvimukhtar, while his Twitter ID is Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi/@naqvimukhtar.