Margaret Alva

Updated on May 21, 2004 02:06 PM IST

Campaigner, social activist and champion of the women's case, Margaret Alva, is a multi-hued political personality.

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Campaigner, social activist and champion of the women's case, Margaret Alva, is a multi-hued political personality. Born in Mangalore, Karnataka on the 14th April 1942, Alva moved to Bangalore to pursue her studies. 

She graduated with a BA, LLb. Doctorate from Mt Carmel College and Government Law College. And chose to start her professional career as an advocate. She married Shri Niranjan Alva on the 24 May 1964, with whom she has one daughter and three sons.

One of her greatest interests lies in foreign affairs and women's development, for which she has been an ardent campaigner. She is the Founder President of "Karuna", a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) for women and children. She is a Congress candidate from the Kanara (Karnataka) constituency.

Key Positions Held

1972-73       Convener, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Women's Front

       Member, Rajya Sabha, 
                   Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of External Affairs

1975-76       Convener, Congress Parliamentary Party 
                   Member, Committee on Information and Broadcasting

  Member, Executive, Congress Parliamentary Party 

1975-77       Joint Secretary, All India Congress Committee

1978-80       General Secretary, Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC), Karnataka

1980-86       Member, Rajya Sabha (2nd term) 
                   Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of External Affairs

1983-85       Member, Panel of Vice-Chairmen, Rajya Sabha

1983-88       National Convener, Mahila Congress

1984-85       Minister of State, Parliamentary Affairs; 
                   Member, Committee on Public Undertakings

1985-89       Minister of State, Youth Affairs, Sports, Women and Child 
                   Development in the Ministry of  Human Resource Development

1986-92       Member, Rajya Sabha (3rd term)

1990-91       Chairman, Committee on Papers Laid on the Table, Rajya Sabha

1991            Minister of State, Personnel, Public Grievances and 

1992-98       Member, Rajya Sabha (4th term)

1993-95       Deputy Chief Whip, Congress Party, Rajya Sabha 

1993-96       Minister of State, Personnel, Public Grievances/Pensions 
                   with additional charge of  Parliamentary Affairs

1996-97       Member, Committee on External Affairs 

1996-98       Member, Committee on Public Accounts 
                   Member, Committee on Ministry of Information/Broadcasting

1999             Elected to 13th Lok Sabha; 
                   Panel of Chairmen

1999-00       Member, Committee on Transport and Tourism; 
                   Member, House Committee; 
                   Member, General Purposes Committee 

2000-01       Chairman, Committee on the Empowerment of Women

2000-           Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Tourism

Did you Know?

*Doctorate of Literature by the University of Mysore, 1989
*UN Expert Group meeting on Women in Decision-making, Vienna, 1987
  National Committee on Child Labor, 1979
*Commonwealth Observer Group for Elections in Cameroon

Spare Time

Margaret has a wide variety of interests and is well known for her creativity.  She has completed a course in oil painting, interior decoration and Ikebana.  Much of her spare time is passed painting, listening to music and traveling to destinations all around the world.  As well as this Margaret is a member of three clubs: India International Center, Delhi Gymkhana Club, and Bangalore Club. 

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