Member of Parliament
Minister of State
|Deputy Chief Whip in Lok Sabha (INC)|
25 November 2009
|Member of Parliament
18 May 2009
31 October 1965 |
Guwahati, Assam, India
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Alma mater||University of Guwahati|
Ranee Narah (born 31 October 1965) is an Indian politician who is currently the Minister of State for Tribal Affairs in the Union Cabinet of India. She holds the position of Deputy Chief Whip of the Indian National Congress and represents Lakhimpur as its Member of Parliament (MP).
Narah graduated from the University of Guwahati with a BA degree. She was active in sports and represented Assam in volleyball, weightlifting, shot putt, discus throw, and cricket. Narah later played professional cricket as captain of the Assam state team. Her playing position was All-rounder. The Hindustan Times described her as a "stingy left-arm orthodox bowler" and a "hard-hitting left-handed batswoman." She retired after her marriage to Assamese politician Bharat Narah in 1986.
Narah remained active in sports after retirement. She was the President of the Women's Cricket Association of India (WCAI) until its merger with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2006. She subsequently joined the BCCI as a board member of the Women's Committee.
Narah began her political career with the Indian National Congress in 1995. She became the General-Secretary, Vice-President, and President of the Assam Pradesh Youth Congress in rapid succession. Narah was elected to the Parliament of India in 1998 from the Lakhimpur constituency in Assam. She has since served three terms as a Member of Parliament (MP) from the Lok Sabha. Narah was elected to the National Council of the Indian Youth Congress in 2003. She was appointed Deputy Chief Whip of the Indian National Congress in 2009.
Narah was inducted into the Union Cabinet of India as Minister of State (MoS) for Tribal Affairs in 2012.
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