Ms. Mamata Banerjee (Hon'ble Chief Minister of West Bengal and
Chairperson, All India Trinamool Congress), daughter of Late
Promileswar Banerjee and Mrs.Gayatri Banerjee, was born in
Her father was a freedom fighter and her mother who has
supported her family through all its ups and downs, had
instilled in Ms. Banerjee the spirit of fair play, deep feeling
for all human beings and the courage to stand for the down
trodden. These values in her have been the guiding force, which
has driven her to take on the most difficult of challenges and
Ms. Banerjee holds Bachelor Degrees in Arts (B.A.), Education (B.Ed),
Law (LLB) and a Masters degree in Arts (M.A.).
Ms.Banerjee, was inducted to the West Bengal Chatra Parishad
while as a student of Jogmaya Debi College and worked as a
Member of its Working Committee during 1977-83. She held the
post of General Secretary, West Bengal Congress (Indira) from
1979-80 and Secretary, West Bengal Provincial Trade Union
Congress. During the period 1983-88, she was the Secretary of
the Women's Wing of the Indian National Trade Union Congress and
Secretary, South Calcutta District Congress (Indira) for the
In 1984, she was elected as a Member of Parliament from Jadavpur
Constituency and held the post of General Secretary of the Youth
Congress (Indira) and became a member of the National Council in
1987 and a member of the Executive Committee of the Congress
Parliamentary Party in 1988.
She was re-elected as a Member of Parliament in 1991, 1996,
1998, 1999, 2004 and 2009 from the South Kolkata Parliamentary
Constituency, making her one of India's most experienced
She has served as a member of several
Parliamentary Committees and was appointed as a Minister of
State for Youth and Sports, Women and Child Development,
Government of India in 1991. She was appointed the Railway
Minister of the Government of India in 1999 and Cabinet Minister
for Coal and Mines in 2004. In 2009 she was re appointed the
Railway Minister. In 2011, All India Trinamool Congress
registered a historic win to put an end to a 34 year-old regime.
On May 20, Ms. Banerjee took over as the first woman Chief
Minister of West Bengal.
In spite of her very busy work schedule, she has authored over
twenty books and created over 5000 oil paintings, quite a few of
which have been auctioned. She has donated the proceeds
of the auctions for various developmental and social causes.
Ms. Banerjee is also an accomplished Poet. Her writings are in
Bengali and English.