Lalitha Kumaramangalam

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Lalitha Kumaramangalam (born 1958) is an Indian politician who is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and former chairperson of the National Commission for Women.[1] She was previously the National Secretary of the BJP.


Lalitha Kumaramangalam was born January 14, 1958[2] in Tamil Nadu, the daughter of Mohan Kumaramangalam, a communist ideologue, politician, and trade union leader. Her paternal grandfather, P. Subbarayan, was the Chief Minister of the Madras Presidency. Her paternal uncle, General P.P. Kumaramangalam, PVSM, DSO, was Chief of the Army Staff of India. Lalitha's mother, Kalyani Mukherjee, was the niece of Ajoy Mukherjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal, and of Biswanath Mukherjee, husband of the communist ideologue and parliamentarian Geeta Mukherjee. Lalitha is the sister of Rangarajan Kumaramangalam, another prominent politician.[2]


Kumaramangalam is a graduate of St. Stephen's College, Delhi, with a degree in economics, and has an MBA from Madras University. She contested Lok Sabha elections twice (2004 and 2009) after her brother's death, but lost on both occasions. She runs an NGO named Prakriti. She was appointed Chairperson of the National Commission for Women on 29 September 2014.[1]

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  1. ^ a b PTI (17 September 2014). "Lalitha Kumarmangalam Appointed NCW Chairperson". New Delhi: Outlook India. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Warrier, Shobha (27 April 2001). " The Rediff Interview/BJP Candidate Lalitha Kumaramangalam". Rediff. Retrieved 28 September 2014.  Note: Used as source of birth year 1957/58 based on age of 43 in 2001.