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Sheila Dikshit

Sheila Dikshit




  • Sheila Kapoor was born on 31 March 1938 in Kapurthala, Punjab into family.
  • She was educated at the Convent of Jesus and Mary School in New Delhi and graduated with a Master of Arts degree in history from the Miranda House at the University of Delhi.


  • Her husband, Late Vinod Dikshit worked as an officer in the Indian Administrative Services (IAS). Sheila Dikshit has one son, Sandeep Dikshit, and one daughter, Latika Syed.
  • Sandeep Dikshit is a member of the Indian National Congress. He was also a Member of Parliament (MP) in the 15th Lok Sabha of India.
  • In the 1970s, Sheila Dikshit was the chairperson of the Young Women’s Association. During this period, she helped set up two of the most successful working women’s hostel in Delhi.


  • Sheila Dikshit’s entry into Indian politics was accidental. Late Uma Shankar Dikshit, her father-in-law, was a renowned activist during India’s independence struggle. He later became a union cabinet minister in the Indira Gandhi government.
  • During the period between 1984 and 1989, she represented Kannauj parliamentary constituency of Uttar Pradesh. As a member of Parliament, she served on the Estimates Committee of Lok Sabha.


  • She represented India at United Nations Commission on Status of Women for five years (1984–1989). She also served as a Union Minister during 1986–1989, first as the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and later as a Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office.
  • In Uttar Pradesh, she and her 82 colleagues were jailed in August 1990 for 23 days by the state government when she led a movement against the atrocities being committed on women.


  • Mrs Dikshit’s rapport with Congress president Sonia Gandhi helped her become president of the factionridden party in Delhi in May 1998, six months before she led it to victory in assembly elections.
  • Dikshit became Chief Minister of Delhi in 1998. She served for nearly 15 years as the Chief Minister of Delhi until 2013.
  • Dikshit represented the Gole Market assembly constituency in the 1998 and 2003 Assembly elections and New Delhi constituency from 2008.


  • Dikshit underwent angioplasty in November 2012. She was regularly treated at Fortis Escorts Heart institute. In 2018, she had a heart surgery in University Hospital in Lille, France. She was admitted to Fortis on 19th July 2019 for cardiac arrhythmia and was put on ventilator..
  • Shiela Dixit died on 20th July 2019 (Saturday) in New Delhi. She was 81.She was admitted at around 10.30 am on 20th July 2019. She died at 3.30 pm at a city hospital. She had died because of cardiac attack.