Brinda Karat

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Brinda Karat () (born 17 October 1947) is a communist politician from India, elected to the Rajya Sabha as a Communist Party of India CPI(M) member, on 11 April 2005 for West Bengal.

In 2005, she became the first woman member of the CPI(M) Politburo. She has also been the general secretary of the All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) from 1993 to 2004,


Childhood and education

Brinda Karat was born in Calcutta, where she spent her early childhood in a family of four siblings, including one brother and three sisters. Her father, Sooraj Lal Das was from Lahore. She lost her mother Oshrukona Mitra, at the age of five.

Brinda was educated at the elite Welham Girls School in Dehradun and, at 16, went on to do her diploma at Miranda House, a college affiliated to the University of Delhi. In 1971, she enrolled for her degree in History at the University of Dehradun.

Political career

In 1977, she left for London, where she worked with Air India at Bond Street for four years. While working for Air India, she campaigned against the mandatory wearing of skirts in the airlines, after which she became an activist.

In an interview, Karat says she returned to India motivated to work for the people. While working in London, she became associated with...
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