Harsimrat Kaur Badal has emerged as a dynamic leader of Punjab’s ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in the last seven years after she was first elected MP in 2009 from Bathinda Constituency. Wife of Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister and Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal and daughter-in-law of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Harsimrat has carved her own space in politics and social work, along with being vociferous in Lok Sabha debates since 2009.
She belongs to the Majithia family of Punjab and her brother, Bikram Singh Majithia, is Punjab’s revenue minister. She is known for her philanthropic initiatives, such as running a school in Delhi for street children. She is extensively acknowledged for her work in finding ‘Nanhi Chhaan’ Foundation, which works for the rights of the girl child and women empowerment.
Public concern and service comes naturally to Harsimrat Badal, now a Union Minister for Food Processing Industry. It runs in her blood. She hails from a rich lineage of great Sikhs who have contributed their might to the betterment of the poor and downtrodden of Punjab since the time of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
Born in the illustrious Majithia family, Harsimrat Kaur Badal pursued Textile Designing for three years from Delhi University. But her heart was craving to do something more fruitful. Soon after getting married to Sukhbir Singh Badal, no Punjab Deputy Chief Minister, she opened a school for street children in New Delhi. She is working continuously to support many old age homes including Chaudhary Devi Lal Charitable Old Age Home, besides regularly supporting needy children in need of medical treatment.
Member of Parliament from Bathinda, Harsimrat Kaur Badal is also the great granddaughter of Sardar Attar Singh Majithia who was one of the senior-most General of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Her grandfather, Sir Sunder Singh Majithia, is best remember in contemporary history as the person who contributed for the uplifting of the Sikh community and the Punjab region as a whole. He brought the Sikhs to the forefront through the formation of Chief Khalsa Dewan, focusing on education, religion and social issues. Sir Sunder Singh Majithia also laid the foundation of the world famous Khalsa College of Amritsar.