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Sheila Dikshit (born March 31, 1938) has been the Chief Minister of Delhimarker since 1998. She is from the Indian National Congress. Dr. Dikshit was sworn in as the Chief Minister for a third consecutive term of the Government of Delhi state in January 2009 after pulling a surprise victory in November 2008 state elections. She is the second woman Chief Minister of Delhi and represents the New Delhimarker Constituency in the Legislative Assembly of Delhi.

Early life

Sheila Dikshit was born in Kapurthalamarker, Punjab. She holds a Master of Arts degree, she received her education at Convent of Jesus and Mary School, New Delhi and later in Miranda House, Delhi University. She is also the recipient of Doctor of Philosophy, honoris causa, from the University of Delhi. She was married into the family of Shri Umashankar Dikshit, noted freedom fighter and a former Governor and Union Cabinet Minister. Her late husband Vinod Dikshit was a widely respected member of the Indian Administrative Service. She has two children, son Sandeep Dikshit, who is a member of parliament from East Delhi for Congress and daughter Latika Syed.

Political career

During the period between 1984 and 1989, she represented Kannaujmarker Parliamentary Constituency of Uttar Pradeshmarker. As a member of Parliament, she served on the Estimates Committee of Lok Sabha. Dr. Dikshit also chaired the Implementation Committee for Commemoration of Forty Years of India's Independence and Jawaharlal Nehru centenary. She represented India at United Nations Commission on Status of Women for five years (1984-1989). As President of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee, she led her party to victory in the Assembly elections in 1998.

She has also served as a Union Minister during 1986-1989, first as the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and later as a Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office. She was shortlisted for the 2008 World Mayor award. As Chief Minister of Delhi, Dikshit was awarded the Best Chief Minister of India, by Journalist Association of India www.jaoi.org www.journalistassociationofindia.org.on 12th of July 2008 by H.K. Sethi, the secretary general of the organisation. In 2009, she was awarded Politician of the Year by NDTV.

Contributions

She represented India on the U.N. Commission on Status of Women for five years (1984 - 89). In Uttar Pradesh, she along with her 82 colleagues were jailed in August 1990 for 23 days by the state government when she led a movement against the atrocities being committed on women. Electrified by this, hundreds of thousands of citizens all over UP joined the movement and courted arrest. Earlier, in the early 1970s, she was chairperson of the Young Women's Association and was instrumental in the setting up two of most successful hostels for working women in Delhi.

She is also the Secretary of the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust. The trust has come to play a leading role in promotion of international understanding. It presents the Indira Gandhi Award for Peace, Disarmament and Development and Organizes conferences on issues of the global concern. she is bet cm

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