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বৃন্দা কারাট (জন্ম- ১৭ অক্টোবর, ১৯৪৭) হলেন ভারতের একজন বিশিষ্ট কমিউনিস্ট রাজনীতিবিদ। ইনি ২০০৫ সালের ১১ এপ্রিল পশ্চিমবঙ্গ থেকে ভারতের কমিউনিস্ট পার্টি (মার্ক্সবাদী)-র হয়ে রাজ্যসভার সদস্য নির্বাচিত হন।







वृंदा करात, बृंदा करात(जन्म-17 अक्टूबर 1947) भारत की एक कम्युनिस्ट राजनेता हैं। उन्हें भारतीय कम्युनिस्ट पार्टी (मार्क्सवादी) की सदस्य के तौर पर 11 अप्रैल 2005 को पश्चिम बंगाल से राज्यसभा के लिये चुना गया। सुश्री करात 2005 में माकपा पोलित ब्यूरो की पहली महिला सदस्य के तौर पर चुनी गईं। वह भारत की जनवादी महिला समितिएडवा की 1993 से 2004 तक महासचिव भी रह चुकी हैं और इसके बाद से एडवा के उपाध्यक्ष पद पर कार्यरत हैं।







Brinda Karat (Bengali: বৃন্দা কারাট) (born 17 October 1947) is a communist politician from India, elected to the Rajya Sabha as a Communist Party of India (Marxist) 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, and thereafter its Vice President.


Early life

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. She has a sister, Radhika Roy who is married to Prannoy Roy. 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.



She is married to Prakash Karat, a Keralite by origin and a prominent CPI(M) leader, holding the position of General Secretary currently. Her sister Radhika Roy is married to Prannoy Roy, founder and CEO of NDTV. In 2005, she acted in Amu, a film made by her niece, Shonali Bose, on the Anti-Sikh riots in 1984. She is also related to the Marxist historian Vijay Prashad.


Political career

In 1967, 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 1971, she decided to leave her job and return to Calcutta, where she joined the Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPI (M) in 1971, under the guidance of B.T. Ranadive. On the suggestion of the party to understand practical politics, she joined the Calcutta University. Initially she worked with students in the college campus and later during the Bangladesh war at refugee camps in the city.


On 11 April 2005, she was elected to the Indian Parliament, Rajya Sabha as a CPI(M) member, for West Bengal. In 2005, only after the inclusion of 5 women members to the Central Committee did Brinda Karat . gree to be nominated to the exclusive 17 member Politburo. The Politburo is the highest decision-making body of the party and Brinda Karat is its first woman member.




updated: 2013-05-05

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