Bonily Khongmen

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Bonily Khongmen
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Succeeded byGeorge Gilbert Swell
ConstituencyAutonomous District, Assam
Personal details
Born(1912-06-25)25 June 1912
Political partyIndian National Congress

Bonily Khongmen (25 June 1912 – 17 March 2007) was an Indian politician from the Indian National Congress party. She was elected to the Lok Sabha, lower house of the Parliament of India from the Autonomous District constituency Assam in 1952. She was a member of the 1st Lok Sabha.She was also the Deputy Speaker in Assam assembly.[1][2][3][4]

Early life and career[edit]

Khongmen was educated at Welsh Mission Girls' High School, Shillong, and Diocesan College, Calcutta.[5] Between 1932 and 1946, she worked in education, as headmistress of Golaghat Girls' School (1932–33), Assamese Girls School, Shillong (1935-1940), and Lady Reid School, Shillong (1940-1946).[5]

Political career[edit]

In 1946, Khongmen participated in the provincial elections to the Assam legislative assembly, contesting and winning the Shillong reserved seat, which was then part of Assam.[6] She was subsequently elected as the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, the first woman to serve in that position.[7] Khongmen contested the first Lok Sabha election in 1951 from the Autonomous District constituency of Assam.[8] She won the election with 54% of the vote, defeating Wilson Reade of the KJD who was runner-up with 30% of the votes.[8]

Other career[edit]

After serving as an MP in the first Lok Sabha, Khongmen served as the first female Chairperson of the Assam Public Service Commission.[9]

Personal life[edit]

She was interested in playing the violin, in spinning and weaving clothes, collecting books and gardening, and in reading, sewing and knitting.[5]


  1. ^ Name of Deputy Speakers of Assam Legislative Assembly since 1937 . Archived 13 June 2015 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2012-08-13.
  2. ^ 1st Lok Sabha Assam (2012-08-13). Retrieved on 2012-08-13. Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Woman MP of first Parliament passes away (2007-03-18) . Retrieved on 2012-08-13.
  4. ^ Khongmen, first woman MP from NE, passes away (2007-03-18) . Retrieved on 2012-08-13.
  5. ^ a b c "Members Bioprofile". Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  6. ^ Nag, Sajal (2007). Making of the Indian union: merger of princely states and excluded areas. Akansha Publishing House. p. 177.CS1 maint: location (link)
  7. ^ Proceedings of North East India History Association (Volume 21). 2000. p. 203.
  8. ^ a b Statistical Report on General Elections, 1951 to the First Lok Sabha. Election Commission of India. p. 68.CS1 maint: location (link)
  9. ^ Hazarika, Niru (1979). Public Service Commissions: A Study. Leeladevi Publications. p. 47.

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