Congress MP Ranee Narah from Lakhimpur on Sunday was sworn in as minister of Tribal Affairs, MoS. A Lok Sabha MP, Ranee represents the Lakhimpur constituency in Assam.
Narah graduated from the University of Guwahati with a BA degree. She was active in sports and represented Assam in volleyball, weightlifting, shot putt, discus throw, and cricket. Narah later played professional cricket as captain of the Assam state team. Her playing position was All-rounder. The Hindustan Times described her as a "stingy left-arm orthodox bowler" and a "hard-hitting left-handed batswoman." She retired after her marriage to Assamese politician Bharat Narah in 1986.
But Narah remained active in sports after retirement. She was the President of the Women's Cricket Association of India (WCAI) until its merger with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). She later joined the BCCI as a board member of the Women's Committee.
Narah is Vice-President of the Assam Football Association and Assam Cricket Association.
She began her political career with the Congress in 1995. She became the General-Secretary, Vice-President, and President of the Assam Pradesh Youth Congress in rapid succession. Narah was elected to the Parliament of India in 1998 as an MP. Narah was elected to the National Council of the Indian Youth Congress in 2003. She was appointed Deputy Chief Whip of the Lok Sabha in 2009.
Image: Ranee Narah being sworn-in during a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Sunday.