New Delhi: Sushil Kumar Shinde, the man in picture right now as he gets promotion to hold the office of the Home Minister of India, started his carrier as a lawyer at session court of Solapur, where he served from 1957 till 1965, further, he joined the Maharashtra State Police, and served as Sub-Inspector of Police, in Maharashtra State C.I.D. for six years.
Encouraged by Sharad Pawar, he quit his sub-inspector's job to enter politics in 1971. Three years later, he contested an assembly by-election from Karmala, which is a reserved constituency for SC in Solapur and won by 25,000 votes. In November that year, the late VP Naik, then the chief minister, made Shinde a junior minister in his government.
Shinde rejoined the Congress Party and became the finance minister in new Vasantrao Patil government. Later he won Maharashtra State Assembly elections in 1978, 1980, 1985 and 1990. He was elected to Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra during July 1992 to March 1998. He acted as Sonia Gandhi's campaign manager in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh in 1999. In 2002, he contested the election for the post of Vice-President of India against the National Democratic Alliance's candidate Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and lost. On October 30, 2004, he was appointed the Governor of Andhra Pradesh.
Today when entire India has its eyes glued on Shinde, we see that how an ordinary sub-inspector turned things around to become the Home Minister of the country.