The opposition has fielded Margaret Alva for the post of Vice President. Many of you might not have heard the name, Margaret Alva. But let us tell you that Alva Indian politics is a name that has been going on for decades. Let us tell you that she has been the Governor of Uttarakhand from 6 August 2009 to 14 May 2012. Apart from this, she has also been the governor of Rajasthan. Alva has also been the General Secretary of the All India Congress.
- 1 Life introduction
- 2 Body structure
- 3 Politics career
- 4 Political journey
- 5 Governor and other key posts
- 6 Awards/Achievements
- 7 Personal life
- 8 Colleges/Universities
- 9 Controversy
- 10 love affair and other information
- 11 Family
- 12 Mother/Father
- 13 Brother/Sister
- 14 Relatives
- 15 wealth/property details
- 16 Some interesting facts about Margaret Alva
- Real name: Margaret Nazareth
- Business: politician
- Length (approx.) cm – 168
- m- 1.68
- Feet Inch – 5′ 6″
- eye color black
- hair color black and white
Party/Party: Indian National Congress (INC)
- From 1972 to 1973 she served as the convener of Karnataka Pradesh Mahila Congress.
- From 1974 to 1980, Alva served as a member of the Rajya Sabha.
- From 1974 to 1980, she served as a member of the Consultative Committee of the Ministry of External Affairs.
- She was the convener of the Congress Parliamentary Party from 1975 to 1976.
- From 1975 to 1976 she worked as a member of the Information and Broadcasting Committee.
- From 1975 to 1976 she served as the executive of the Congress Parliamentary Party.
- From 1975 to 1977 she worked as Joint Secretary of the All India Congress Committee.
- From 1978 to 1980 she worked as the General Secretary of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee.
- In the year 1974, she became a member of the Rajya Sabha, Parliament.
- In the year 1980, she was elected as a member of Rajya Sabha from Dobra.
- From 1983 to 1985, she served as a member of the Panel of Vice Presidents.
- From 1984 to 1985 she worked as a Union Minister of State and Parliamentary Worker.
- From 1984 to 1985, Alva served as a member of the Committee on Public Undertakings.
- She was a member of the Consultative Committee of the Ministry of External Affairs from 1980 to 1986.
- From 1983 to 1988, Alva worked as the National Convener of the Mahila Congress.
- Alva served as the Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports from 1985 to 1989.
- From 1985 to 1989 she worked as the Union Minister of Women and Child Development in the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
- In the year 1986, she was re-elected as a Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha.
- From 1990 to 1991, Alva served as the Chairman of the Committee on Papers Laid on the Table of the Rajya Sabha.
- From 1990 to 1991, she worked as the executive of the Congress Parliamentary Party.
- In the year 1991, she worked as the Union Minister of State, Personnel, Public Grievances, and Pensions Member.
- In the year 1992, she was re-elected as a Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha.
- From 1993 to 1995, she worked as the Deputy Chief Whip of the Rajya Sabha Congress Party.
- From 1993 to 1996, she served as the Union Minister of State, Personnel, Public Grievances, and Pension Grievances Member with an additional charge of Parliamentary Affairs.
- From 1996 to 1997 she worked as a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
- From 1996 to 1998 she worked as a member of the Public Accounts Committee.
- From 1996 to 1998 she worked as a member of the Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
- She was MP from Uttara Kannada from 1999 to 2004.
- From 1999 to 2000 she worked as a Member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism.
- Alva was a member of the House Committee from 1999 to 2000.
- She was a member of the General Purposes Committee from 1999 to 2000.
- She was a member of the Committee on Women’s Empowerment from 2000 to 2001.
- From 2000 to 2004, Alva served as a member of the Consultative Committee on the Ministry of Tourism.
- In the year 2004, she contested the general election from Uttara Kannada Lok Sabha constituency and lost the election.
- She was the General Secretary of AICC from 2004 to 2008.
- In the year 2008, she resigned from the Congress party.
Governor and other key posts
- From 2009 to 2012, she was the Governor of Uttarakhand.
- In the year 2012, she became the Governor of Rajasthan.
- From 7 July 2014 to 15 July 2014, she was a member of the Governor of Gujarat and an additional charge.
- Alva served as the Governor of Goa from 12 July 2014 to 7 August 2014.
Other Key Positions
- Margaret Alva was president of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) from 1975 to 1978.
- She was the chairperson of the Delhi Foundation for Deaf Women from 1975 to 1982.
- From 1986 to 1988 she was the President of the World Women Parliamentarians for Peace.
- Margaret Alva served as the Chairman of the Foreign Students Welfare Committee of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations from 1982 to 1984.
- She was the Chairperson of the SAARC Technical Committee on Women from 1985 to 1986.
- In the year 1987, she became the chair of the meeting of the United Nations Expert Group on Women.
- In the year 1961, she became the General Secretary of the Association of All India Catholic Universities.
- Margaret Alva served as Joint Secretary of the Government Law College Students’ Union from 1963 to 1964.
- In 1975 she was appointed as a member of the Indian Committee for the International Year of Women.
- In 1975 she represented the Indian delegation to the United Nations Conference for the International Year of Women in Mexico.
- She represented the Indian delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in 1976 and 1998.
- She was a member of the Central Youth Advisory Board from 1976 to 1977.
- From 1977 to 1978, Alva served as a member of the National Children’s Board.
- Margaret Alva was a member of the National Board of Adult Education from 1978 to 1979.
- In the year 1979, she was appointed a member of the National Committee on Child Labour.
- She was a member of the National Board of Adult Education from 1978 to 1979.
- In the year 1979, she worked as a member of the National Committee on Child Labour.
- She was a member of the Governing Council of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations from 1982 to 1984.
- In 1992, she became the President of Women’s Participation in Politics, Seoul (ESCAP).
- Served as a member of the Eminent Persons Panel for Asia and the Pacific for Margaret Alva HRD (ESCAP).
- She served as a member of the Governing Council of the Society for International Development (SID), Rome, and its executive for three years.
- She has been a member of the Commonwealth Observer Group for the elections in Cameroon.
- In the year 2000, she became a member of the IPU Coordination Committee of Women Parliamentarians.
- She was awarded the “Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award” in the year 1991.
- .In 1991 She was awarded the “Dr. TMA Pai Foundation Outstanding Konkani Award”
- The President of South Africa, H. E. Thabo Mbeki, on his visit to India, honored the African National Congress for its support of their struggle.
- The first Nelson Mandela Award for Minority Empowerment in 2007, was presented by the International Foundation for Minority Empowerment, during a ceremony at the UN Church Center in New York.
- She was awarded the “Global Leadership Award” by Vital Voices Global Partnership.
- In the year 2012, she was awarded the “Woman of Substance Award” by Mercy Ravi Foundation.
- She was awarded the Kannada “Rajyotsava Award” in the year 2018.
- Date of Birth: 14 April 1942 (Tuesday)
- Age (as of 2022) 80 years
- Place of Birth Mangalore, Karnataka, India
- Nationality: Indian
- Hometown Mangalore, Karnataka
- Mount Carmel College, Bangalore
- Government Law College, Bangalore
- Bachelor of Arts from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore
- Bachelor of Laws from Government Law College, Bangalore
Address: Near Custom’s Quarter, Uttara Kannada, District Karwar, Karnataka
Hobbies/Interests: Oil painting, interior decoration, and ikebana (Japanese art of flower arrangement)
- In 2008, she alleged that the party’s Karnataka unit was selling election tickets to the highest bidders instead of selecting candidates on the basis of merit. Alva made these allegations after her son Nivedit was denied a seat to contest the 2008 Karnataka Assembly elections. For violating party discipline, Alva was removed from the post of AICC general secretary.
- Margaret Alva’s interview video during a conversation with India Today in July 2016 went viral on social media on 18 July 2022 in which she revealed how Sonia Gandhi had insulted PV Narasimha Rao Narasimha Rao’s body was insulted.  Interviewer Karan Thapar cited an excerpt from Margaret’s book, Courage and Commitment: An Autobiography, which read, “The carriage of the gun containing Narasimha’s body was not allowed to enter the AICC headquarters. Instead, It was parked on the footpath outside the gate, with chairs for party leaders outside the gate.”
With Karan Thapar marking the behavior as ‘Sonia Gandhi’s revenge for the way the Rajiv Gandhi assassination investigation had proceeded, Alva concurred with him and said, “When a man dies, You don’t treat him like that and I was hurt. I’ve always regretted not being there but I didn’t want to insult his body.”
love affair and other information
- Marital Status: Married
- Marriage Date: 24 May 1964 (Sunday)
- Husband: Niranjan Thomas Alva (Lawyer, Businessman)
- Son: Niret Alva, Nivedit Alva, Nikhil Alva
- Daughter– Manira Alva
- Father– P.A. Nazareth
- Mother– E. L. Nazareth
- John Mohan Nazareth
- Pascal Alan Nazareth (Former Ambassador of India to Japan, author of the book ‘Gandhi: The Soul Force Warrior’)
- Corinne Rego
- Joan Perez
- Father-in-law- Joachim Alva (Lawyer, Journalist, Politician)
- Mother-in-law- Violet Alva (Lawyer, Journalist, Politician)
- Bonds and Shares: Rs. 41,95,753
- Motor Vehicles: Rs. 1,00,000
- Jewellery: Rs. 1,00,000
- Agricultural land: Rs. 39,50,000
- Residential Building: Rs. 2,90,00,000
Net worth 4,18,03,586 (as of 2009)
Some interesting facts about Margaret Alva
- Margaret Alva is an Indian politician, advocate, social activist, and trade unionist who was nominated for the 14th Vice-Presidential election against the National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) opposition vice-presidential candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar.
- She served as a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha from 1974 to 1998. Margaret Alva won her first Lok Sabha election from Karnataka and served as a member of the 13th Lok Sabha.
- She served as the 4th Governor of Uttarakhand, 17th Governor of Goa, 20th Governor of Rajasthan, and 23rd Governor of Gujarat. She is known for playing a key role in making the Women’s Reservation Bill.