Speakers Series: India at Berkeley invites you for a conversation with Smriti Zubin Irani, one of the most powerful voices in the Indian Government. She heads the all important Ministry of Women and Child Development. Prior to this, she held the portfolios of Human Resource Development, Information & Broadcasting and Textiles. She is also known for her acting career, especially for her roles in popular TV shows such as Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Ramayana.
VENUE: On Zoom
DATE: Thursday, April 14, 2022
TIME: 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM PST
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(Time/Date in India: Friday, April 15, 9-10 am IST)
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Smriti Zubin Irani (née Malhotra; born 23 March 1976) is an Indian politician and a former television actress and producer. She is the Minister of Women and Child Development in the Union Cabinet of India since May 2019. A prominent leader within the Bharatiya Janata Party, she is a Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha, representing Amethi.
In the 2019 Indian general election, she defeated Rahul Gandhi - the country's principal opposition leader and the president of Indian National Congress - to win the Amethi seat. Previously the Amethi constituency had been represented by the members of the Gandhi family for the last four decades. Earlier in 2011, Irani had become a member of the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat.
Irani was the youngest minister in the 2019 Council of Ministers, when she was sworn in as a Cabinet Minister in May 2019 at the age of 43. Having a diverse family background, Irani can speak in several Indian languages including Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, and Punjabi; as her paternal family has a Punjabi and Maharashtrian heritage, while her maternal family has a Bengali heritage.
The event is FREE and OPEN to the public.