Ranee Narah

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Ranee Narah
Deputy Chief Whip in Lok Sabha (INC)
Assumed office
25 November 2009
Assumed office
18 May 2009
Personal details
Born (1965-10-31) 31 October 1965 (age 49)
Guwahati, Assam, India
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Bharat Narah
Children 2 sons\
Alma mater University of Guwahati

Ranee Narah (born 31 October 1965) is an Indian politician . She holds the position of Deputy Chief Whip of the Indian National Congress.


Ranie Narah, wife of Bharat Narah a congress politician of Assam, graduated from the University of Guwahati with a BA degree.[1] She was active in sports and represented Assam in volleyball, weightlifting, shot putt, discus throw, and cricket.[2] Narah later played professional cricket as captain of the Assam state team.[3] Her playing position was All-rounder. The Hindustan Times described her as a "stingy left-arm orthodox bowler" and a "hard-hitting left-handed batswoman."[2] She retired after her marriage to Assamese politician Bharat Narah in 1986.[2][4]

Narah remained active in sports after retirement. She was the President of the Women's Cricket Association of India (WCAI) until its merger with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2006.[5] She subsequently joined the BCCI as a board member of the Women's Committee.[5]

Narah is Vice-President of the Assam Football Association and Assam Cricket Association.[6][7]

Political career[edit]

Narah began her political career with the Indian National Congress in 1995. She became the General-Secretary, Vice-President, and President of the Assam Pradesh Youth Congress in rapid succession.[1] Narah was elected to the Parliament of India in 1998 from the Lakhimpur constituency in Assam.[3] She has since served three terms as a Member of Parliament (MP) from the Lok Sabha.[1] Narah was elected to the National Council of the Indian Youth Congress in 2003.[8] She was appointed Deputy Chief Whip of the Indian National Congress in 2009.[9]

Narah was inducted into the Union Cabinet of India as Minister of State (MoS) for Tribal Affairs in 2012.[10]


  1. ^ a b c "Smt. Ranee Narah". Government of India. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ex-cricketer clean bowls dissidence". The Hindustan Times. 26 March 2009. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Rajamani 2000, p. 114.
  4. ^ "Hereditary politics: Political families of India". India Today. 12 April 2004. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "WCAI to be disbanded shortly". ESPN Cricinfo. 13 November 2006. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Women footballers honoured". The Assam Tribune. 10 November 2008. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Dynamo Triumph". Yahoo. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Tribune News Service". The Tribune India. 17 July 2003. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Ranee deputy whip of LS". The Assam Tribune. 25 November 2009. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Sportsperson-turned-politician Narah gets ministerial berth". Zee News. 28 October 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 


  • R. C. Rajamani (2000). Portraits of India's Parliamentarians for the New Millennium: Lok Sabha. Gyan Books. ISBN 978-8121207027.