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Meira: Least visible UPA minister

An eminent lawyer-turned-politician, Meira Kumar was one of the least visible UPA ministers. She was minister of Social Justice and Empowerment in the UPA government.

She did her MA, LLB, Advanced Diploma in Spanish Educated at Indraprastha College and Miranda House, University of Delhi.

In 1973, she joined the Indian Foreign Service and served at embassies in Spain, United Kingdom and Mauritius. While serving for IFS, she also worked in Embassy of India, Madrid from 1976 to 77; she has been the High Commission of India, London from1977 to 79 and Ministry of External Affairs during 1980-85.

Born on March 31, 1945, to Deputy Prime Minister and prominent Dalit leader Late Jagjivan Ram and freedom fighter Indrani Devi at Patna, Meira's induction to politics took place in 1985 and she was elected from Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh. From Karol Bagh in Delhi, She became a member of the eleventh and twelfth Lok Sabha.

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