Sheila Dikshit Age, Biography, Family, Husband & More

Sheila Dikshit

Real NameSheila Dixit
NicknameWonder Women
ProfessionPolitician and Social Worker
PartyIndian National Congress (INR)
Political Journey 1970s: She became the Chairperson of Young Women’s Association.
1984: Became the Member of Parliament from Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh till 1989. During this period, she also represented India Represented India at the United Nations Commission.
1986: Became the Union minister till 1989. During this period, she also worked as minister of state for parliamentary affairs.
1988: Became the president of the Indian National Congress.
1990: Led movement against act of barbarity on women.
1998: Became the Chief Minister of Delhi in 1998. She also became the Chief Minister of Delhi in 2003 and 2008.
Biggest Rival Late Madan Lal Khurana (BJP)
Physical Stats & More
Heightin centimeters- 149 cm
in meters- 1.49 m
in Feet Inches- 4’ 11”
Weightin Kilograms- 68 kg
in Pounds- 150 lbs
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourWhite
Personal Life
Date of Birth31 March 1938
Age (as in 2017)79 Years
Birth PlaceKapurthala, Punjab, India
Zodiac sign/Sun signAries
HometownDelhi, India
SchoolConvent of Jesus and Mary School, New Delhi
CollegeMiranda House, University of Delhi, New Delhi
Educational QualificationsMaster of Arts in History
Doctorate in Philosophy
FamilyFather- Not Known
Mother- Not Known
Brother- Not Known
Sister- Pam Malhotra and Rama Dhawan
Sheila Dikshit with her sisters
HobbiesReading and attending concerts, dance performances and plays
Controversies • In 2009, she was criticized for granting parole to Manu Sharma (accused of Jessica Lal murder case).
• Same year, she was accused by Sunita Bhardwaj (BJP) of misusing Rajiv Ratan Awas Yojana funds given by the central government for her own advertisements. Later in 2013, she was found guilty by the court and an FIR was lodged against her.
• In 2010, the CAG accused her of corruption and lopsidedness in the street-light equipment imported for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
• In 2016, the ACB summoned her on 26 August, in case of Water Tanker Distribution scam that happened during her 3rd tenure as the Chief Minister of Delhi.
Favourite Things
Favourite PoliticianSonia Gandhi
Favourite FoodEgg toast, cheese, papaya, aloo gobhi, pasta and cold coffee
Favourite ActorGregory Peck and Rock Hudson
Favourite BookAlice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusMarried
HusbandLate Vinod Dikshit (former IAS)
ChildrenSon- Sandeep Dikshit (Congress Politician)
Sheila Dikshit with her husband
Daughters- Latika Syed
Sheila Dikshit with her daughter
Money Factor
Net Worth2.7 crore (INR as in 2013)

Sheila Dikshit


Some Lesser Known Facts About Sheila Dikshit

  • Does Sheila Dikshit smoke?: No
  • Does Sheila Dikshit drink alcohol?: No
  • Dikshit started her career in the early 1970s by becoming the Chairperson of Young Women’s Association.
  • Before joining politics, she also worked as an executive secretary for Garment Exporters’ Association.
  • Though, she belongs to a Khatri family (Kapoor), but she did an inter-caste marriage with Vinod Dikshit, who was from a Brahmin family and was the son of Late Uma Shankar Dikshit, a renowned freedom fighter and former union cabinet minister.
  • In 1990, she and her 82 supporters were jailed for 23 days by the state government when she protested against the violence on women.
  • She considers Sonia Gandhi as her inspiration.
  • Her office house in the Motilal Nehru Marg, Delhi was famous for its fruit bats and semal (red silk-cotton) trees.
  • After losing the Chief Minister seat, the then UPA government appointed her the Governor of Kerala on 11 March 2014, but under the pressure of NDA government, she resigned from the post on 25 August 2014.
  • Though, she had ups-and downs during her 15 years tenure as the CM of Delhi, but she gained immense respect for her quality of work, development oriented and statesmanlike approach and easy availability.
  • Earlier, she resides in her Feroz Shah Marg 3-bedroom apartment in a multi-storeyed complex with elevators.
  • She loves reading the writings of Osho, a spiritual guru.
  • In July 2016, she was chosen as Congress’ Chief Minister Candidate for Uttar Pradesh Legislative elections in 2017.

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