Divya Maderna Biography, Wiki, Age, Husband, Family

Divya Maderna Biography, Wiki, Age, Husband, Family: Divya Maderna is an Indian politician who was elected to the Indian National Congress (INC) as a member of Rajasthan in the 2018 assembly elections. She is a senior member of the party’s women’s wing and has been involved in many political campaigns. Maderna was born on 9th September 1984, in Jaipur, Rajasthan. She is the daughter of former Indian Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Sports Rajendra Singh Maderna and their wife Santosh Kumari.

Maderna studied at Lady Rang Mahal College and then completed her education at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). After completing her studies, she worked as a research associate at JNU’s Graduate Faculty of Business Administration before moving to Delhi in 2007 to work as an editor at The Hindu.

Divya Maderna Biography

Divya Mahipal Maderna was born on Thursday, 25 October 1984 (age 38 years; as of 2022) in Jaipur, India. Her zodiac sign is Scorpio. In 2004, she enrolled herself to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Pune, Pune. Divya pursued her post-graduation degree in economics at the University of Nottingham in England.

Childhood picture of Divya Maderna with her sister Rubal Maderna (infant)

Childhood picture of Divya Maderna with her sister Rubal Maderna (infant)

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 6″

Weight (approx.): 60 kg

Hair Colour: Black

Eye Colour: Black

Divya Maderna's picture

Family

Parents & Siblings

Divya’s father’s name is Mahipal Maderna. He was a member of the Indian National Congress, and he served as the water resource minister of Rajasthan. He died on 17 October 2021 at his residence in Jodhpur after battling cancer.

Divya Maderna with her father Mahipal Maderna

Divya Maderna with her father Mahipal Maderna

Her mother’s name is Leela Maderna, a member of the Indian National Congress, who successfully contested the panchayat elections from Jodhpur to become Zila Pramukh (Block President) in September 2021. .

Divya Maderna with her mother Leela Maderna

Divya Maderna with her mother Leela Maderna

Divya has a sister, Rubal Maderna.

Divya Maderna with her sister Rubal Maderna

Divya Maderna with her sister Rubal Maderna

Husband & Children

As of 2022, Divya Maderna is unmarried.

Other Relative

Divya’s grandfather, Parasram Maderna, was a senior Jat leader from Rajasthan, India. He was a member of the Indian National Congress, and he served as the MLA from Rajasthan nine times. He was also elected speaker of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly (6 January 1999 to 15 January 2004). He passed away on 16 February 2014.

Divya Maderna (standing second from left) with her parents, sister, and grandfather, Parasram Maderna (sitting in middle)

Divya Maderna (standing second from left) with her parents, sister, and grandfather, Parasram Maderna (sitting in middle)

Divya’s paternal uncle’s name is Ashok Maderna, and she has two paternal aunts, Ratan Mirdha and Renu.

Religion

Divya Maderna follows Hinduism.

Divya Maderna worshipping the Shivlinga, an aniconic representation of the Hindu god Shiva

Divya Maderna worshipping the Shivlinga, an aniconic representation of the Hindu god Shiva

Caste

Divya Maderna is a Jat.

Address

Permanent Address

Guru Jambheshwar Nagar, Gandhi path, Jaipur.

Present Address

Divya resides in C-1-51, Residency Road, Jodhpur.

Career

At the age of 26, Divya followed in her family’s footsteps, and she started her political career as a member of the Indian National Congress (INC). In 2010, she successfully contested the Zila Panchayat elections from Osian in the Jodhpur district of Rajasthan. In December 2018, Divya contested the Rajasthan legislative assembly elections from the Osian constituency, and she defeated BJP’s candidate, Bhera Ram Choudhary, by a margin of 27590 votes. On 19 September 2022, Divya was elected as the President of Gram Seva Sahakari Samiti Limited of Chadi village in Jodhpur.

Divya Maderna posing after being elected as the President of Gram Seva Sahakari Samiti Limited of Chadi village in Jodhpur

Divya Maderna posing after being elected as the President of Gram Seva Sahakari Samiti Limited of Chadi village in Jodhpur

Controversies

Accused of cheating and dishonesty

On 17 June 2017, an FIR was filed against Divya Maderna at Khinvsar Police Station, district Nagaur in Rajasthan on account of cheating, dishonestly in the delivery of property, and forgery of valuable security. She was booked under sections 420, 467, 471, and 120B of the Indian Penal Court (IPC).

Accused of humiliating the head of a village

In 2019, a video went viral in which Divya Maderna is seen asking the head of the village (sarpanch) to sit on the floor with local people rather than on the chair beside her at a meeting. On 16 March 2019, Divya had gone to Khetasar village in Osian near Jodhpur district to express her gratitude to the local people who voted for her in the 2018 assembly elections. Chandu Devi, the sarpanch of the village, initially sat on the floor, but then people asked her to sit next to Divya on the chair. As soon she went to sit next to the MLA, Divya asked her to sit with the local people and gestured toward the audience sitting on the floor after which Chandu sits on the ground with the local people. The residents of the village heavily criticized her for humiliating their sarpanch, and they demanded an apology from her. In an interview, Chandu Devi, the sarpanch of the village, talked about how she felt after she was stopped by the MLA to sit beside her and said,

I am very disappointed with the behaviour meted out to me by Maderna, I had gone to the meeting of Maderna on the insistence of the villagers and also sat on the dais after the villagers wanted me to sit beside the MLA

On the other hand, Maderna claimed that she was not aware of the fact that Chandu Devi was the head of the village as her face was covered with a veil. In an interview, Divya talked about how she failed to recognize the head of the village and said,

I could not recognise her. I considered her a simple villager and thought that she had come to me on the dais with some grievance.”

“Marriage” remark on Divya Maderna

In June 2022, during a meeting in Osian, Hanuman Beniwal, a member of parliament from Nagaur, made controversial remarks about Divya’s father, Mahipal Naderna, and his grandfather, Parasram Maderna, and he even advised Divya Maderna to get married as her age was passing. During the meeting, Hanuman said,

Once by becoming an MLA, she started considering herself as a leader. Leave my worries, I live by eliminating what I follow. Divya should leave the worry of development and get married, because marriage keeps the mind right. Mahipal Maderna is no more, so we all should worry about it. I will also come to bless you for marriage.

Divya’s supporters criticized the controversial statement, and they protested against him by burning his effigy and raising slogans against him. On being asked about the protests made against him by Divya Maderna’s supporters, Hanuman, in his defence, replied,

I have not said any wrong thing. Age is passing. So you should get married.”

Addressing Congress’ minister as ‘Rubber Stamp’

In March 2022, Divya Maderna attracted controversy when she criticized and addressed her own government’s water resource minister, Mahesh Joshi, as a ‘rubber stamp’ for not responding to the problems faced by the residents in the desert area of Rajasthan regarding tap water connections and the implementation of water resources. During an assembly meeting in Rajasthan, Divya said,

I am warning you (Joshi) that I have joined politics to serve people and if you continue to bulldoze the water schemes, I will organize a people’s campaign against you. The minister and principal secretary of the desert do visit my areas, but I don’t know whether mantriji (Joshi) understand the problem of desert area,”

Sat on dharna against her own government

On 11 September 2022, Congress MLA, Divya Maderna, staged a dharna against her own government for not treating the patient under the Chiranjeevi Health Insurance Scheme, which is a government scheme that provides cashless medical insurance to the permanent residents of Rajasthan, for up to Rs. 5 Lakh. The scheme was made available to all the families of Rajasthan from 1 May 2021. On 7 September 2022, Jagdish Dudi, a resident of Dhanariwala village, was admitted to Shri Ram Hospital in Jodhpur, and despite having a Chiranjeevi card, he was asked to deposit a certain amount of money, before and after the treatment. When Divya got to know that the hospital refused to treat the patient free, she reached there and spoke to the doctors and the administrative staff of the hospital, but there was no response following which she sat on a dharna herself with other supporters.

Blamed NSUI president for defeat in student union elections

In September 2022, Congress’s student organization, NSUI’s state president, Abhishek Choudhary, was defeated in the student union election of 17 universities in Rajasthan.

Divya took to Twitter, and she blamed Abhishek for the defeat.

Remarks on Ashok Gehlot’s failure to become congress president

In September 2022, Ashok Gehlot, who was appointed as the chief minister of Rajasthan in 2018, refused to contest the Congress presidential elections. Reportedly, Divya Maderna, on Ashok Gehlot’s decision of opting out of the AICC president’s race, passed the remark ‘Mutthi Bhar Bajare Ke Lie Dilli Ki Badashahat Kho Di.’ (Lost the kingship of Delhi for a handful of millet)

Divya targetted three party members Shanti Kumar Dhariwal, Mahesh Joshi, and Dharmendra Rathod, and she blamed that due to the indifferences between them, the city and the whole of Rajasthan were deprived of the moment when a resident of Jodhpur would take the highest post of Congress party.

Divya reminded Ashok of the incident in 1998 when his grandfather Parasram Maderna was the key contender for the post of chief minister of Rajasthan, but the high command made Ashok Gehlot the chief minister, and his grandfather accepted the decision with respect

Awards

  • 2019: Women Political Leadership Award by Focus India in New Delhi

    Divya Maderna with her Women Political Leadership Award by Focus India in New Delhi

    Divya Maderna with her Women Political Leadership Award by Focus India in New Delhi

  • 2021: Adarsh ​​Yuva Vidhayak Samman at the 12th Indian Student Parliament

    Divya Maderna posing with her Adarsh Yuva Vidhayak Samman 2021

    Divya Maderna posing with her Adarsh Yuva Vidhayak Samman 2021

Assets & Properties

Movable assets

  • LIC or other insurance Policies: Rs 6,71,206
  • Personal loans/advance given: Rs 18,78,995

Immovable Assets

  • Agricultural Land: Rs 25,00,000
  • Non-Agricultural Land: Rs 30,00,000
  • Residential Buildings: Rs 1,66,49,339

Note: The given estimates of moveable and immovable assets are according to the year 2018.

Net Worth

Divya Maderna’s net worth as of 2018 is Rs 34,466,417.

Facts/Trivia

  • On 6 October 2019, Divya attended the India Economic Summit as the only MLA from India in New Delhi.

    Divya Maderna's Instagram post in which she attended the India Economic Summit as the only MLA from India

    Divya Maderna’s Instagram post in which she attended the India Economic Summit as the only MLA from India

  • On 12 November 2019, Divya participated as a speaker in the inaugural edition of Dhaka Global Dialogue (Dhaka Bangladesh), which was organized by “The Observer Research Foundation.”

    Divya Maderna at the inaugural edition of Dhaka Global Dialogue

    Divya Maderna at the inaugural edition of Dhaka Global Dialogue

  • On 15 January 2020, Divya participated as a speaker at US India Business Council at Hotel Leela Palace in New Delhi.

    Divya Maderna (extreme right) at US India Business Council in New Delhi

    Divya Maderna (extreme right) at US India Business Council in New Delhi

  • On 4th Feb 2020, Divya was invited to address the topic of “Beat Plastic Pollution” at the Ocean Conference held in New York, the United Nation’s headquarters.

    Divya Maderna at the Ocean Conference held in New York

    Divya Maderna at the Ocean Conference held in New York

  • Divya Maderna’s father, Mahipal Maderna, took his last breath on 17 October 2021 after battling cancer for a long time. After his death, Divya, along with her sister, Rubal, performed the last rites of their father, which are expected by a son to be performed. According to Hindu customs, on the death of the father, the son performs the final rituals. Divya and Rubal tied the turban (Pagri) for the turban ceremony (Rasam Pagri), and they performed the last rite of ‘Mukhagni’ and lit the funeral pyre of their father, Mahipal Maderna.

    Divya Maderna (left), along with her sister, Rubal Maderna, at her father's turban ceremony (Rasam Pagri)

    Divya Maderna (left), along with her sister, Rubal Maderna, at her father’s turban ceremony (Rasam Pagri)

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