Kim Gangte

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Kim Gangte
In office
Constituency Outer Manipur
Personal details
Born ( 1962-10-30) 30 October 1962 (age 55)
Nationality Indian
Political party Communist Party of India
Janata Dal (United)
All India Trinamool Congress
Bharatiya Janata Party (2017-present)
Profession Agriculturist, Politician, Journalist, Teaching, Educationist

Kim Gangte (born 30 October 1962) is a politician, educator and human rights activist, who was a Member of Parliament elected from the Outer Manipur Lok Sabha constituency in India in 1998, as a Communist Party of India candidate.[1][2] She is the general secretary of the Kuki Women Human Rights Network.[2]

Kim Gangte is a social worker, human rights activist and politician, the first woman from Manipur to become a Member of the Indian Parliament [3]

Early life and education[edit]

Kim was born on 30 October 1962 in Uyungmakhong, Churachandpur district, South of Manipur to Vumkhosei Gangte.[1] Her father Vumkhosei Gangte had received his early education in Shillong, but couldn't continue his studies, and hence remained a farmer. Kim's mother Kimsi Sitlhou is a homemaker. Her parents encountered extreme hardships throughout their lives and managed to provide the best possible education to their seven children. Kim is the eldest of her siblings.[3]

Kim finished her schooling at the Seventh-day Adventist School at Shillong. She completed her standard 12th as a private student in Manipur, as she started teaching in a school right after completion of her 10th. She completed her graduation in English, History and Education from Guwahati University. She completed her M. Phil in English Literature from Pune University. She also pursued a course in English language teaching from the Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Osmania University, Hyderabad. She continued her work as a lecturer in English Language teaching in the State Council Of Education and Research Training Centre in Imphal.[3]


While attending her M.Phil classes, she started working as a lecturer in English at the Spicer Memorial College, Pune. She also worked as lecturer in English language teaching in the State Council of Education and Research Training (SCERT) Centre in Imphal.

At the same time, she also joined the All India Radio Imphal, English Programme (Western Music) as a part-time announcer while also working as a correspondent with the Eastern Panoroma magazine.[3]

She was elected to the 12th Lok Sabha in 1998. However, as then Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led government was voted out in a no-confidence motion in 1999. She contested the 1999 Lok Sabha elections as a Janata Dal (United) candidate, but was defeated by Holkhomang Haokip of the NCP. After that she remained away from politics for sometime.[2] At the same time, she was also a member of the Consultative Committee under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.[1]

For more than a decade now, Kim has been involved with the activities of the Kuki Women Human Rights body as well the Kuki Students' Organisation.[3]

In January 2017, She joined Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of Manipur Legislative Assembly election in 2017.[4]


Kim enjoys meditation, gardening, and cooking. In her free time she likes to promote awareness about political, social, educational and human rights among the people, especially women, the poor and the downtrodden.[1]

Interviews & Dialogues[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Biographical Sketch Member of Parliament 12th Lok Sabha". Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Gangte finds her feet in Manipur minefield". The Telegraph, Calcutta. 12 April 2004. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Biographical Sketch of Kim as on e Pao". Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Congress MLAs switch to BJP