Sumitra Mahajan

Sumitra Mahajan
सुमित्रा महाजन
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16th Speaker of the Lok Sabha
Assumed office
5 June 2014
DeputyM. Thambidurai
Preceded byMeira Kumar
Minister of Communications, Human Resources Development and Petroleum
In office
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Member of Parliament
for Indore
Assumed office
Preceded byPrakash Chandra Sethi
Personal details
Born (1943-04-12) 12 April 1943 (age 75)
Chiplun, Bombay Presidency, British India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Other political
National Democratic Alliance
Spouse(s)Jayant Mahajan
Children2 sons
Alma materIndore University

Sumitra Mahajan (born 12 April 1943)[1] is an Indian politician who is the Speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha.[2] She belongs to Bharatiya Janata Party. In 2014, she got elected to the Lok Sabha for the eighth time, one of three members of the 16th Lok Sabha to do so,[3] and is currently the longest-serving woman member.[4] She has represented the Indore constituency of Madhya Pradesh since 1989.

She served for a time as a Union Minister. She was minister from 2002 to 2004, holding the portfolios for Human Resources, Communications and Petroleum.[5] She is the eldest and seniormost among woman Members of Parliament in the 17th Lok Sabha. She is the second woman after Meira Kumar to be elected as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. An active parliamentarian, she not only headed important committees, but has also been a keen debater and avid questioner in the house.

Early life and education

Sumitra Mahajan was born in a Chitpavan family to Usha and Purushotam Sathe in Chiplun, Maharashtra. She received her MA and LLB from Indore University (now Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya) after marrying Jayant Mahajan of Indore. Sumitra Mahajan's hobbies include reading, music, drama and cinema as well as an enthusiasm for singing.[citation needed] She has acknowledged the 18th century social reformer Ahilyabai Holkar as the inspirational figure throughout her life.