Profession: Babar likes to be called a social worker. The grand old dame of Delhi Congress is more popular known as “Mummyji” among both her party workers and electorate. In the present Assembly, Babar also happens to be the first Kashmiri woman politician.
Education: Studied till Class X.
Political Career: Babar came to Delhi from Kashmir in 1950s after her marriage. The family owes allegiance to Congress from the very beginning. She won the assembly elections in 1993, 1998 and 2003.
Family: Husband W.M. Babar was a Congressman and worked with All India Radio. They have two daughters. Son Farhad Suri is an MCD councillor. Babar said she almost gave up politics after her younger son died in 1983. “Had it not been for Indiraji (Indira Gandhi) who forced me to change my mind, I would not have been here talking to you,” she said.
Cars: She has an Ambassador. “My daughters often tell me to change the car but I love the Ambassador car. It has dignity,” she said.
—Moushumi Das Gupta