Geeta Mukherjee

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Geeta Mukherjee
গীতা মুখোপাধ্যায়
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Member of the Indian Parliament
for Panskura
In office
1980–2000
Preceded by Abha Maiti
Succeeded by Gurudas Dasgupta
MLA
In office
1967–1977
Preceded by Rajani Kanta Pramanik
Succeeded by Swadesh Ranjan Maji
Constituency Panskura Purba
Personal details
Born Geeta Roy Chowdhury
( 1924-01-08)8 January 1924
South Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died 4 March 2000(2000-03-04) (aged 76)
New Delhi, India
Nationality Indian
Political party Communist Party of India
Spouse(s) Biswanath Mukherjee
Residence

Flat-12, Block-D, 18, Bow Street,

Calcutta-700012
Bow Bazar, Kolkata
Alma mater

University of Calcutta

Ashutosh College
Profession Politician, social worker, writer

Geeta Mukherjee (8 January 1924 – 4 March 2000) was a political and social worker and a four times MLA from Panskura Purba, from 1967 to 1977, and seven time Member of Parliament elected from the Panskura constituency, from 1980 to 2000, in the Indian state of West Bengal being a Communist Party of India (CPI) candidate.[1] She also remained the president of National Federation of Indian Women, women's wing of Communist Party of India. She led the demand for the legislature of 1/3rd reservation for women in parliamentary elections in India.[2]

Early life and education

She was born on 8 January 1924 in Calcutta, West Bengal. She was married to Biswanath Mukherjee on 8 November 1942.[1]

Mukherjee completed Bachelor of Arts In Bengali Literature from Ashutosh College, Calcutta. She remained secretary of Bengal Provincial Students Federation from 1947 to 1951.[2]

Career

She was first elected as Member, State Committee, Communist Party of India (C.P.I.), Bengal in 1946.[1] Popularly known as Geetadi, Geeta Mukherjee since then won every Lok Sabha election from Panskura in West Bengal, and was in the forefront till her death in 2000.[2]

She was elected to 7th Lok Sabha in 1980 and during 1980–84, she served as

  • Member, Committee on Public Undertakings
  • Member, Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes
  • Member, Joint Committee on Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 1980

Since 1981 onwards, she was the Member of National Executive Committee, Communist Party of India.[1]

She was elected to her 7th term during the 13th Lok Sabha in 1999.[1] Her career spanned about five and half decades. However, it was her role in the women's reservation issue which brought her into the limelight. She was also a member of the National Commission on Rural Labour, National Commission on Women, National Children's Board, Press Council and vice-president of the National Federation of Women, besides being a secretariat member of the Women's International Democratic Federation, Berlin. [3]

Besides her political career, she also wrote a few books for children, including Bharat Upakatha (Folktales of India), Chotoder Rabindranath (Tagore for Children)and He Atit Katha Kao; and translated Bruno Apitz's 1958 classic Naked Among Wolves to Bengali.[2][4]

Death

Mukherjee died on 4 March 2000, following a massive heart-attack. At the time of death, she was 76 years old. Atal Behari Vajpayee, the then Prime Minister of India, told in his condolence message— "Mrs. Mukherjee embodied determination and dedication. She was a shining example of women's empowerment. Her life shall remain an inspiration for future generations, especially women."[2]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Biographical Sketch Member of Parliament 13th Lok Sabha". Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Geeta Mukherjee passes away". The Hindu. 5 March 2000. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Geeta Mukherjee-Committed to the cause". Archived from the original on 8 March 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "A committed fighter". The Hindu, Frontline. Volume 17 – Issue 06, 18–31 Mar 2000. Retrieved 10 March 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
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