|Kamala Nehru Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 7 in|
|Date of Birth||August 1, 1899|
|Died||February 28, 1936|
Kamala Nehru was an Indian human rights activist and freedom fighter who followed in her husband Jawaharlal Nehru’s footsteps to lead the “Indian Independence Movement.” Besides that, she was also known to be the older sister of an agricultural scientist, botanist, and the founder of the “National Botanical Research Institute”, Kailas Nath Kaul and mother of late. Indira Gandhi.
Kamala was born on August 1, 1899
Kamala died on February 28, 1936, at the age of 36 in Lausanne, Switzerland due to Tuberculosis.
Delhi, British India
Kamala did her schooling from home under the careful guidance of a Pandit and a Mawlawi.
Freedom Fighter, Human Rights Activist
- Father – Jawahar Mull Atal-Kaul
- Mother – Rajpati Kaul
- Siblings – Chand Bahadur Kaul (Younger Brother), Kailas Nath Kaul (Younger Brother) (Botanist, Naturalist, Agricultural Scientist, Horticulturist, Herbalist, Plant Collector, Herpetologist), Swaroop Kathju (Younger Sister)
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
59 kg or 130 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Kamala’s name was linked with –
- Jawaharlal Nehru (1916-1936) – They had a daughter named, Indira Priyadarshini Nehru (b. November 19, 1917). She also had a second child in November 1924, that was a boy. However, her infant only lived for a week. Kamala was 16 years old when she got married to Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira was born a year later.
Race / Ethnicity
- Lean physique
- Thick eyebrows
Kamala Nehru Facts
- She was brought up in Delhi during the British Raj in India.
- Kamala spent her teenage years and ’20s residing and taking care of her daughter Indira at the Anand Bhavan.
- She was the oldest of 4 children born to Rajpati and Jawahar Mull.
- Kamala’s involvement with her husband started with his “Non-Cooperation” movement in 1921. She played a key role in leading various women groups and picketing shops that sold foreign clothes and liquor.
- It wasn’t until Pandit Nehru was arrested in October 1940, that Kamala began to grow as a public figure after taking her husband’s place to complete a speech that he was taken into custody for. Her brave move sparked a widespread stand by Indian women. Upon realization, Kamala was also arrested by British officials on 2 various occasions.
- In the past, Kamala had started a “Congress Dispensary” at her home, the Swaraj Bhawan.
- Kamala was only 36 years old when she passed away in Lausanne, Switzerland on February 28, 1936, while she was being treated due to her deteriorating health.
- Her hometown was in Old Delhi.
- Kamala is the grandmother of politician Rajiv Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi.
- In memory of her dedication and bravery, upon her death, the “Kamla Nehru Memorial Hospital” was started by Mahatma Gandhi.
- She was close friends with freedom fighters Kasturba Gandhi and Prabhavati Devi.
- There is a road in Karachi, Pakistan that was named after her.
- India inhabits a number of institutions and health care centers in her legacy such as Kamla Nehru Prani Sangrahalay, Kamla Nehru College for Women, Jodhpur, and the Shaskiya Kamla Nehru Girls Higher Secondary School.
- She is the great grandmother of Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi.
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