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Uma Sengupta

Uma Sengupta was sworn in as a Democratic Party district leader of Queens borough.

india Updated: Mar 25, 2003 16:32 IST

History was made when the first Indian American woman, a mother and a grandmother to boot, was sworn in as a Democratic Party district leader here.

Long time educationist and committed Democrat Uma Sengupta took the oath of office as Democratic district leader of the 25th Assembly District, Part B, Queens borough.

Sengupta's swearing-in took place in Flushing, Queens, with her husband and grandchildren by her side.

On various occasions, asked to introduce herself, she described herself as a mother and grandmother who wanted to work to ensure a good life, quality education and housing for all children.

She migrated to the U.S. from India about 30 years ago. Having been a teacher in her native land, she decided to continue in the same profession in her adopted country too. After making a success of her kindergarten school, she turned to community service.

In this too she made a mark, a rare feat for a grandmother hailing from a community that puts the elderly on an exalted pedestal but safely out of active service.

First Published: Mar 25, 2003 16:32 IST