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
Member of ParliamentRajya Sabha
In office
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

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]


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]


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]


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


  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". 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; "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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