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Lok Sabha Speaker

Smt. Meira Kumar

Date of Birth : 31.03.1945

Family Details :

* Married to Manjul Kumar, Advocate Supreme Court of India
* Son Anshul, daughter-in-law Monica
* Daughter Swati, son-in-law Ranjit
* Daughter Devangna, son-in-law Amit

Family History:

* Daughter of late Babu Jagjivan Ram, freedom fighter, crusader for social justice and Deputy Prime Minister
* Mother, late lndrani Devi, freedom fighter, social worker and author of many books


* Senior Cambridge
* B.A., LLB, M.A. (English)
* Advanced Diploma in Spanish

Language :

Proficient in English, Spanish, Hindi, Sanskrit, Bhojpuri

Indian Foreign Service:

* Joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1973
* Served in the Embassy of India, Madrid, Spain, High Commission of India, London, U.K. and Ministry of External Affairs, Delhi
* Member, Indo-Mauritius joint Commission to Mauritius, 1984
* Member, Official delegation accompanying the President of India on State visit to Mauritius, People's Democratic Republic of Yemen and Yemen Arab Republic, 1984

Parliamentary Career:

* Member of Parliament (Congress), 8th Lok Sabha from Bijnor, U.P. {Resigned from the Indian Foreign Service to enter politics after late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, asked her to contest the Bijnor bye-election
* Member of Parliament (Congress), 11th Lok Sabha from Karol Bagh, Delhi. Was one of the two Congress candidates to win in Delhi
* Member of Parliament (Congress), 12th Lok Sabha from Karol Bagh, Delhi. Was the only Congress candidate to win in Delhi
* Member of Parliament (Congress) 14th Lok Sabha from Sasaram, Bihar, the Constituency held by Babu Jagjivan Ram for over 50 years. Won with the highest margin in Bihar
* Member of Parliament (Congress) 15th Lok Sabha from Sasaram, Bihar
* Among the very few leaders to win Lok Sabha elections from three different States
* Member, Indian Parliamentary Group
* Member, Inter Parliamentary Union

Congress Party Responsibilities:

* General Secretary, All India Congress Committee, 1991-92, 1996-99
* Member, Congress Working Committee, 1991-2000, 2002-2004

Ministerial Responsibilities:

* Union Cabinet Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, 2004-2009
* Union Cabinet Minister for Water Resources, 2009

Delegations Abroad:

* Official visit to Belgium, 2008
* Official visit to Mauritius, 2007
* Official visit to Egypt, 2007
* Accompanied President Dr.Abdul Kalam on State visit to Tanzania & South Africa, 2004
* Leader, Indian Non-Government Delegation, to United Nations Preparatory Committee Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, Geneva, 2000
* Member, all party delegation of MPs to conference on Towards Detente in the Sub- Continent, Islamabad, Pakistan, 1999
* Chief Speaker, Golden Jubilee Celebration of India's Independence, University of Hull, England, 1997
* Leader, Congress Party delegation to POSSAC Conference, Athens Greece, 1996
* Leader, Congress Party delegation, to World Conference on Solidarity with Cuba, Havana, 1994
* Leader, Congress Party delegation to inaugurate Indian National Congress of America, San Francisco, 1994
* Member, Government of India delegation to the United Nations General Assembly, New York, USA, 1994
* Member, Congress Party delegation to Mauritius for MMM (the ruling party) Conference, 1993
* Chief Speaker, Guru Ravidas Birth Anniversary celebrations, United Kingdom, 1993
* Leader, Indian delegation to Detroit, USA for Conference on Democracy, 1989
* Leader, Congress Party delegation to Sweden for Socialist International Women Conference, 1989
* Participant, Inter-Parliamentary Conference, Bulgaria, 1987
* Member, Congress Party delegation to Mauritius for MMM (the ruling party) Conference, 1987

Social and Cultural Activities:

* Committed towards ensuring social & economic equity, empowerment of weaker sections. Especially active in movements relating to social sector reforms, human rights and democracy.
* Former President, All India Samta Movement
* Former President, Ravidas Smarak Society, Varanasi, from 2000-2006
* Former Chairperson, Meera Kala Mandir, Udaipur
* Chairperson, Jagjivan Ram Sanatorium Dehri- on-Sone, 2000-2006
* Former, President, Jagjivan Seva Ashram, Sasaram
* Former, Chairperson, Rajendra Bhawan Trust
* Member, Supreme Court Bar Association, from 1986
* Managing Trustee, Jagjivan Ashram Trust, Delhi, 1985-2004
* President, RVAKV Society Delhi (institution for blind girls), 1992-98
* Member, Senate Punjab University, 1987-91
* Member, Senate Patna University, 1969-71
* Member, Governing Body, Indian Council for Cultural Relation (ICCR), 1987-92 ing and Climate Change has also been constituted.

Special Interests:

* Writing poems in Hindi, many of which have been published
* Reading (contemporary history, fiction)
* Indian Classical Music and Dance
* Rifle shooting
* Equestrian
* Preservation of cultural heritage, ancient monuments, Indian craft, textiles

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