My Own World……

September 17, 2007

Great Women’s

Filed under: Women's Power — jagrutivalani @ 9:21 am

MAHADEVI VERMA
She was one of the greatest Hindi poets of all times. Born in Farukhabad UP she served as principal of the Prayag Mahila Vidyapeeth. She was an M.A.in Sanskrit. Some of her publications are Nihar (1930), Rashmi (1932), Neeraja (1934), Sandhya Geet (1936) and Deepshika (1942). She was honoured by Padma Bhushan by the President of India. She died on 11-09-1987.
NARGIS DUTT
Nargis Dutt was a legendary figure as a film artist and social worker.She was the the first Indian artist to receive international award for the best actress at the Karloy Vary Film Festival (1958), she was the first actress to receive the Urvashi Award (1968), she was the first actress to be decorated with Padmashree Award (1958) she was the first actress to be nominated to Rajyasabha (1980) . In the area of social welfare Nagis Dutt started the country’s first society and school for spastics in 1972. It has now branches all over the country taking care of thousands of families.

INDIRA GANDHI
Born in Allahabad she had education in Switzerland, Oxford, Bombay, Pune and at Shantiniketan. She married Feroz Gandhi in 1942 and had two sons Rajiv Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi.
She provided dynamic leadership to the country as Prime Minister from 1966 – 1977 and again from 1980-1984. She abolished privy purses, nationalized Banks and launched a twenty – point programme for the eradication of poverty in the country. She had been the recipient of many International and National awards including Bharat Ratna in 1972 She was assassinated on the morning of 31-10-1984 and India lost a most charismatic leader in her death.

KASTURBA GANDHI
She was the daughter of Gokuladas Makharji of Porbunder. She was married to Gandhi at the age of 13. Simple and self- effacing she stood devotedly by her great husband in all his trials and tribulations. She was in the thick of the Freedom Movement and went to jail several times. The shock of country wide arrests during Quit India Movement deteriorated her health and she suffered a severe heart attack. She breathed her last on 22-2-1944.

VIJAYALAXMI PUNDIT
She was the younger sister of Jawaharlal Nehru. She was the first woman to be elected president of the United Nations General Assembly (1953-54). She joined the National Movement inspired by Gandhiji’s call and courted arrest in 1932 and 1940. She served as ambassador of India in USSR, USA, Mexico, Ireland and Spain and also as High Commissioner of UK. She was elected to Loksabha in 1952 and 1964 and served as Governor of Maharashtra during 1962-64

KAMALA NEHRU
She was the daughter of Pandit Jawaharlal Mul, a businessman of Delhi. Married to Jawaharlal Nehru at the age of 17 she gave birth to the only daughter Indira Priyadarshini. Within 3 years of marriage her husband plunged into Non-cooperation Movement under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi. Kamala was a woman of great courage and determination and she also threw herself into the Civil Disobedience Movement and the historic Dandi March by Mahatma Gandhi. Her brave and heroic role in the freedom struggle left an indelible imprint on the Nationalist Movement. She died at a very young age on 28-02-1936.

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