Brinda Karat

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Brinda Karat

Brinda Karat by Debjani Basu.jpg
Member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
Assumed office
2005
Member of ParliamentRajya Sabha
In office
2005-2011
ConstituencyWest Bengal
Personal details
Born (1947-10-17) 17 October 1947 (age 71)
Calcutta, West Bengal, Dominion of India
Political partyCommunist Party of India (Marxist)
Spouse(s)Prakash Karat
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Brinda Karat (born 17 October 1947)[1] is a communist politician from India, elected to the Rajya Sabha as a Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPI(M) member, on 11 April 2005 for West Bengal.

In 2005, she became the first woman member of the CPI(M) Politburo.[2] She has also been the general secretary of the All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) from 1993 to 2004,[3][4] and thereafter its Vice-President.[5]

Controversies[edit]

In 2006, her remarks accusing Yoga Guru Swami Ramdev of violating labour laws, and publicising accusations about his workers mixing human body parts in potions[6][7], drew strong condemnation from some in India, including reprimands from politicians like Sharad Pawar, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Ambika Soni, and Narayan Dutt Tiwari. Ramdev announced that a Hyderabad-based laboratory had found nothing wrong with samples of his medicines, and accused Karat of having tampered with the samples.[8][9] Subsequently, she received a legal notice on the behalf of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader in Faridabad.[10]

Family[edit]

She is married to Prakash Karat, a Keralite by origin and a prominent CPI(M) leader, who was the general secretary of the party till 19 April 2015. Her sister Radhika Roy is married to Prannoy Roy, founder and CEO of NDTV.[11] In 2005, she participated in Amu,[12] a film made by her niece, Shonali Bose, on the Anti-Sikh riots in 1984. She is an aunt of the historian Vijay Prashad.

Literary works[edit]

Brinda is the author of Survival and Emancipation: Notes from Indian Women's Struggles, a work addressing the challenges faced by women's movements in India from a left perspective.[2][3]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Survival and Emancipation: Notes from Indian Women's Struggles. Three Essays Collective, New Delhi, 2005. ISBN 81-88789-37-2.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Interview, livemint
  2. ^ a b Book Review, Frontline, Jul 02 – 15, 2005 Archived 15 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b Author profile, threeessays
  4. ^ New woman on top December 2004
  5. ^ The 7th National Conference of AIDWA, Frontline, Dec. 04 – 17, 2004
  6. ^ In the name of Ayurveda, The Frontline, Feb. 10, 2006 Archived 1 July 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Online, Asia Times. "Asia Times Online :: South Asia news, business and economy from India and Pakistan". www.atimes.com. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  8. ^ Pawar appreciates work of Ramdev The Hindu – 9 January 2006
  9. ^ "Karat tampered with samples: Ramdev - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  10. ^ Legal Notice over Ramdev Issue
  11. ^ Exclusive Interview/Brinda Karat rediff.com; "Since her equally talented sister Radhika Roy and brother-in-law Dr Prannoy Roy run NDTV (New Delhi Television), Brinda's Leftist orientation is intriguing for many"
  12. ^ Brinda Karat on IMDb

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