Subhashini Ali

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Subhashini Ali Sehgal
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Subhashini Ali Sehgal
President, All India Democratic Women's Association
Personal details
Political party Communist Party of India (Marxist)
Spouse(s) Muzaffar Ali (divorced)
Children Shaad Ali
As of 27 January, 2007
Source: [1]

Subhasini Ali is an Indian politician and a member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). She is the President of the All India Democratic Women's Association.


Subhashini Ali is the daughter of Colonel Prem Sehgal and Captain Lakshmi Sehgal (née Dr. Lakshmi Swaminathan)[1] who were a part of the Indian National Army. She attended Welham Girls High School.[2] She was formerly married to filmmaker Muzaffar Ali. Her son is Shaad Ali, the up-and-coming film maker who has directed popular hits such as Saathiya, Bunty aur Babli and Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. Ali is an atheist.[3]

Political career[edit]

As a trade Unionist and leader of the All India Democratic Women's Association, she was once very influential in the politics of Kanpur where the Communist Party of India (CPI) held sway over trade unions and which elected CPI-supported S.M. Banerjee to Lok Sabha four times from 1957 to 1971. This influence of CPI helped her win the General elections of 1989 to the parliament and she defeated her nearest rival BJP candidate by 56,587 votes from Kanpur. The CPI influence waned after the emergency in 1977 and she lost the General elections of 1996 by 151,090 votes. She finished at the fifth place in the General elections of 2004 polling only 4558 votes (0.74%). She fought the General elections of 2014 from Barrackpore as a CPI(M) candidate but lost.

She is currently a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). She was inducted to the polit bureau (PB) of Communist Party of India (Marxist) in 2015 thereby becoming the second women member in PB after Brinda Karat.


Subhashini Ali designed period costumes for 1981 classic, Umrao Jaan, directed by her then-husband Muzaffar Ali. She also dabbles in amateur acting, and her first starring role was in Asoka in 2001, followed by an English feature, The Guru, in 2002, and was seen again in 2005, with her fellow party member, Brinda Karat in the film Amu.[4]

She inspired the film Anjuman (1986) directed by Muzaffar Ali with her struggles in Kanpur with the AIDWA.

See also[edit]

Swaminathan family


  1. ^ LAXMI SEHGAL:THE DOCTOR WHO SOLDIERS ON the-south-Asian,October 2001.
  2. ^ Fernandes, Vivek (2001-07-21). "The Subhashini Ali 5 Questions". Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  3. ^ "There are religions that have very rigid rules and there are others that don't. Religion is something that I, as a person, am not interested in. I have always been an atheist. My parents were atheists. It doesn't bother me if somebody is religious. My problem is when religion is used to institutionalise other things."The Rediff Interview/ Subhasini Ali, 8 August 2001 (accessed 21 April 2008).
  4. ^ Subhashini Ali at the Internet Movie Database

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