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Smt. Meira Kumar

Posted on: November 3, 2009


D-1029, New Friends Colony
New Delhi – 110025
Phone No. 91-11-26910618, 26910639

Date of Birth :


Family Details :

  • Married to Manjul Kumar, Advocate Supreme Court of India
  • Son Anshul, daughter-in-law Monica
  • Daughter Swati, son-in-law Ranjit
  • Daughter Devangna, son-in-law Amit


Family History:

  • Daughter of late Babu Jagjivan Ram, freedom fighter, crusader for social justice and Deputy Prime Minister
  • Mother, late lndrani Devi, freedom fighter, social worker and author of many books


  • Senior Cambridge
  • B.A., LLB, M.A. (English)
  • Advanced Diploma in Spanish

Language :

Proficient in English, Spanish, Hindi, Sanskrit, Bhojpuri

Indian Foreign Service:

  • Joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1973
  • Served in the Embassy of India, Madrid, Spain, High Commission of India, London, U.K. and Ministry of External Affairs, Delhi
  • Member, Indo-Mauritius joint Commission to Mauritius, 1984
  • Member, Official delegation accompanying the President of India on State visit to Mauritius, People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen and Yemen Arab Republic, 1984

Parliamentary Career:

  • Member of Parliament (Congress), 8th Lok Sabha from Bijnor, U.P. {Resigned from the Indian Foreign Service to enter politics after late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, asked her to contest the Bijnor bye-election
  • Member of Parliament (Congress), 11th Lok Sabha from Karol Bagh, Delhi. Was one of the two Congress candidates to win in Delhi
  • Member of Parliament (Congress), 12th Lok Sabha from Karol Bagh, Delhi. Was the only Congress candidate to win in Delhi
  • Member of Parliament (Congress) 14th Lok Sabha from Sasaram, Bihar, the Constituency held by Babu Jagjivan Ram for over 50 years. Won with the highest margin in Bihar
  • Member of Parliament (Congress) 15th Lok Sabha from Sasaram, Bihar
  • Among the very few leaders to win Lok Sabha elections from three different States
  • Member, Indian Parliamentary Group
  • Member, Inter Parliamentary Union

Congress Party Responsibilities:

  • General Secretary, All India Congress Committee, 1991-92, 1996-99
  • Member, Congress Working Committee, 1991-2000, 2002-2004

Ministerial Responsibilities:

  • Union Cabinet Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, 2004-2009
  • Union Cabinet Minister for Water Resources, 2009


Delegations Abroad:

  • Official visit to Belgium, 2008
  • Official visit to Mauritius, 2007
  • Official visit to Egypt, 2007
  • Accompanied President Dr.Abdul Kalam on State visit to Tanzania & South Africa, 2004
  • Leader, Indian Non-Government Delegation, to United Nations Preparatory Committee Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, Geneva, 2000
  • Member, all party delegation of MPs to conference on Towards Detente in the Sub- Continent, Islamabad, Pakistan, 1999
  • Chief Speaker, Golden Jubilee Celebration of India’s Independence, University of Hull, England, 1997
  • Leader, Congress Party delegation to POSSAC Conference, Athens Greece, 1996
  • Leader, Congress Party delegation, to World Conference on Solidarity with Cuba, Havana, 1994
  • Leader, Congress Party delegation to inaugurate Indian National Congress of America, San Francisco, 1994
  • Member, Government of India delegation to the United Nations General Assembly, New York, USA, 1994
  • Member, Congress Party delegation to Mauritius for MMM (the ruling party) Conference, 1993
  • Chief Speaker, Guru Ravidas Birth Anniversary celebrations, United Kingdom, 1993
  • Leader, Indian delegation to Detroit, USA for Conference on Democracy, 1989
  • Leader, Congress Party delegation to Sweden for Socialist International Women Conference, 1989
  • Participant, Inter-Parliamentary Conference, Bulgaria, 1987
  • Member, Congress Party delegation to Mauritius for MMM (the ruling party) Conference, 1987

Social and Cultural Activities:

  • Committed towards ensuring social & economic equity, empowerment of weaker sections. Especially active in movements relating to social sector reforms, human rights and democracy.
  • Former President, All India Samta Movement
  • Former President, Ravidas Smarak Society, Varanasi, from 2000-2006
  • Former Chairperson, Meera Kala Mandir, Udaipur
  • Chairperson, Jagjivan Ram Sanatorium Dehri- on-Sone, 2000-2006
  • Former, President, Jagjivan Seva Ashram, Sasaram
  • Former, Chairperson, Rajendra Bhawan Trust
  • Member, Supreme Court Bar Association, from 1986
  • Managing Trustee, Jagjivan Ashram Trust, Delhi, 1985-2004
  • President, RVAKV Society Delhi (institution for blind girls), 1992-98
  • Member, Senate Punjab University, 1987-91
  • Member, Senate Patna University, 1969-71
  • Member, Governing Body, Indian Council for Cultural Relation (ICCR), 1987-92

Special Interests:

  • Writing poems in Hindi, many of which have been published
  • Reading (contemporary history, fiction)
  • Indian Classical Music and Dance
  • Rifle shooting
  • Equestrian
  • Preservation of cultural heritage, ancient monuments, Indian craft, textiles

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