Meira Kumar

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Meira Kumar
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Meira Kumar at Third World Conference of Speakers of Parliament
Speaker of Lok Sabha
Assumed office
4 June 2009
Preceded by Somnath Chatterjee
Member of Parliament
for Sasaram
Assumed office
Preceded by Muni Lall
Personal details
Born (1945-03-31) 31 March 1945 (age 69)
Patna, Bihar, British Raj(now India)[1]
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Manjul Kumar
Children 1 son and 2 daughters
Residence New Delhi, India
Alma mater University of Delhi
Religion Hinduism
As of June 3, 2009
Source: [1]

Meira Kumar (Hindi: मीरा कुमार) is an Indian politician and a five time Member of Parliament. She was elected unopposed as the first woman Speaker of Lok Sabha on 3 June 2009.[2][3]

She is a lawyer and a former diplomat. Prior to being a member of the 15th Lok Sabha, she has been elected earlier to the 8th, 11th, 12th and 14th Lok Sabha. She served as a Cabinet Minister in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment of Manmohan Singh's Congress led Government (2004–2009).

Early life[edit]

Meira Kumar was born in Patna, Bihar to the former Deputy Prime Minister and prominent dalit leader Babu Jagjivan Ram and a freedom fighter, Indrani Devi.[4]

She went to Welham Girls School, Dehradun and Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls' Public School, Jaipur. She did her M.A, L.L.B, Educated at Indraprastha College and Miranda House, Delhi University.[5]


Foreign Service[edit]

In 1970, she joined the Indian Foreign Service and spent her life in many countries.

Political career[edit]

Meira Kumar entered electoral politics in 1985 and was elected from Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh defeating political heavyweights like Ram Vilas Paswan and Mayawati, two powerful dalit leaders. She was a member of the eighth, eleventh and twelfth Lok Sabha's from Karol Bagh in Delhi. She lost her seat in the BJP wave of 1999, but was able to get re-elected with a record majority from her father's former constituency of Sasaram in Bihar in 2004 and 2009.

She served in the Congress-led Government as the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment from 2004 to 2009. In 2009 she was briefly inducted as member of the cabinet as Union Minister for Water Resources. On being nominated for the position of speaker, she submitted her resignation three days after assuming ministerial office. She was elected the Speaker of Lok Sabha, thereby becoming the first woman speaker of the country.


  1. ^ "Meira Kumar's brief profile". 30 May 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  2. ^ India: Woman Wins Post of Speaker New York Times, June 4, 2009.
  3. ^ Meira Kumar brings Jagjivan to fore The Times of India, June 4, 2009.
  4. ^ "Profile: Meira Kumar, Ist woman Dalit Speaker". 3 June 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Biography [Lok Sabha]

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