Najma Heptulla – Fact file

Najma Heptulla – Fact file

•Dr Najma Heptulla is vice president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and was a Rajya Sabha member from Rajasthan from July 2004 to July 2010.

•She is the grand-niece of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad - a prominent Indian freedom fighter, a strong proponent of united India and its first Minister of Education after Independence.

•She is also a second cousin to Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan.

•She steadily climbed up in the Indian National Congress party, heading several divisions of the party's grassroots organizations.

•She was the General Secretary of Congress during 1986.

•She has been a member of the Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra for four terms at 1980, 1986, 1992, 1998 as Congress candidate.

•Heptulla was nominated by the United Nations Development Programme as its Human Development Ambassador.

•Heptulla led a delegation to the UN Commission on Status of Women in 1997.

•Heptulla has authored book on AIDS titled "AIDS: Approaches to Prevention". She has also written on human social security, sustainable development, environment, reforms for women and on ties between India and west Asia.

•Heptulla joined Bharatiya Janata Party in 2004, and left the Congress due to strain in relations with the party chief and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

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