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Birth Anniversary of Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, Jawaharlal Nehru’s younger sister

Birth Anniversary of Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, Jawaharlal Nehru’s younger sister

On August 18th, Indian history remembers the birth anniversary of Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, a remarkable figure in Indian history who left an indelible mark on the realms of freedom struggle, diplomacy, and politics. Born in Allahabad, India in 1900, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit was not only the daughter of the prominent politician and two-time president of the Indian National Congress, Motilal Nehru, but she also carved her own path as a fierce advocate for India’s independence and a trailblazer for women in leadership roles.

In the year 1937 to 1939, when India was struggling for its independence, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, Jawaharlal Nehru’s younger sister contributed to the freedom struggle by becoming the first woman to hold a cabinet position of local self-government and public health in pre-independent India. According to India Today, she is a freedom fighter, politician and a diplomat.

Indian Tennis Players are seen with the Prime Minister Shri Jawaharlal Nehru and Smt. Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, India’s Ambassador to U.K. when they met the Prime Minister in London.

Here are some lesser-known facts about Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

1.Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit was born as Swarup Kumari Nehru in Allahabad on August 18, 1900, and later was known as one of the world’s leading women in the 20th century. She born to Motilal Nehru and is the younger sister of Jawaharlal Nehru. After receiving private education in India and abroad in 1921, she got married to Ranjit Sitaram Pandit and changed her name.

2.In the years 1932-1933, 1940, and 1942-1943, she was arrested thrice by the British in connection with civil disobedience movements.

3.Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit in 1937, was elected as a member of the Legislative Assembly of the United Provinces, however, in 1939, she resigned from office to protest against British in World War 2.

4.Between 1941 and 1943, she was also the President of the All-India Women’s Conference.

5.Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit became the first woman to be elected president of the UN General Assembly in 1953, and she headed the eighth session.

6.From 1962 to 1964, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit served as a governor of the state of Maharashtra after the death of Jawaharlal Nehru. from 1964 till 1968, she then became a member of the Indian Lok Sabha.

7.She left politics in the late 1960s due to personal reasons, but in 1970s her commitment brought her back by protesting against the Emergency rule (1975) imposed by her niece, Indira Gandhi.

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8.In 1978, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit served as India’s representative to the United Nations Human Rights Commission

9.Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit was also a writer and her work includes, ‘So I Became a Minister’ (1939) and ‘Prison Days’ (1946).

10.She died on December 1, 1990, in Dehra Dun.

As we commemorate her birth anniversary, let us remember Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit as a true luminary who not only blazed trails for women in politics and diplomacy but also demonstrated that unwavering conviction can reshape the course of a nation’s destiny. Her life story continues to inspire generations to come, urging us to rise above limitations and work towards a more just, equal, and inclusive society.


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