Dil Kumari Bhandari


Teacher, Social worker, Journalist and Former Member of Parliament

Dil Kumari Bhandari was born on 14 May 1949 in the village of Bana Puttabong in Darjeeling district, residing in Gagtok, Sikkim, India. She comes from a highly cultured and traditional Rai family. She studied up to pre- university level. She was elected as a Member of Parliament from Sikkim twice from May 1985 to 27 November 1989 and from 20 June 1991 to 10 May 1996. She was the first woman member of parliament (Lok Sabha) from Sikkim. She was also the president of Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh, an organization of the Indian Gorkhas till 2012. She has been constantly working for the cause of Nepali-speaking people, her most notable contribution being the inclusion of the Nepali language in the Eight Schedule of the Indian constitution.