oft-spoken but a firm pursuer of her social missions, India's first woman Speaker Meira Kumar combines many roles in one.
As the Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment in Dr Manmohan Singh`s previous government, she emerged as a strong votary of reservations and pressed for their extension in the private sector. She also wanted the government to offer a reward of Rs 50,000 for inter-caste marriages.Meira gets to work: Expunges Lalu-Sharad spat
Besides being a Minister, she has served on various important posts in Parliament including as member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of External Affairs, general-secretary, All India Congress Committee (AICC), Member, Congress Working Committee (CWC) and Public Accounts Committee.Text: A Sify correspondentImage: Newly elected Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar waves to the media as she comes out of the Parliament House in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Photograph copyright PTI. Unauthorised reproduction is prohibited.)