Meira Kumar – first speaker of the Lok Sabha



Yes, she is from Dalit, or previously “un-touchable” class, but look her background:

Meira Kumar was born in Patna to the former Deputy Prime Minister and prominent dalit leader, Babu Jagjivan Ram and freedom fighter, Indrani Devi.

She did her M.A., LL.B, Educated at Indraprastha College and Miranda House, Delhi University

In 1973, she joined the Indian Foreign Service and served at embassies in Spain, United Kingdom and Mauritius. She also served as a member of the India-Mauritius Joint Commission. While serving for IFS, she also worked in Embassy of India, Madrid from 1976 to 1977. She was at the High Commission of India in London from 1977 to 1979 and at Ministry of External Affairs from 1980 to 1985.

A notable trivia: she holds medals for rifle shooting!

One of the more controversial view she has talked about : She would like the govt. to offer a reward of Rs. 50,000 for inter-caste marriages.

I don’t understand the politics that well, I am just glad that a woman took the position of the speaker, for the first time, at the lower house in India and I am glad that she wears saree with such grace!

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