Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit Height, Age, Family, Facts, Biography

Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit Quick Info
Height5 ft 4 in
Weight89 kg
Date of BirthAugust 18, 1900
Zodiac SignLeo
Died December 1, 1990

Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit was a well-distinguished Indian diplomat and politician who served as the first female president of the “United Nations General Assembly.” Besides that, she was known for being the sister of politician Jawaharlal Nehru. On the contrary, she worked with him as a delegate to the United States, the United Nations, and the Soviet Union.

Born Name

Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

Nick Name

Nan

Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit as seen in a picture that was taken on November 10, 1956, during four-day visit to the Netherlands
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit as seen in a picture that was taken on November 10, 1956, during a four-day visit to the Netherlands (Kroon, Ron / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0 NL)

Age

Vijaya was born on August 18, 1900.

Died

Vijaya died on December 1, 1990, at the age of 90 in Dehradun, Uttar Pradesh, India due to prolonged illness.

Sun Sign

Leo

Born Place

Allahabad, North-Western Provinces, British India

Nationality

Indian

Education

In the past, she was bestowed upon with an Honorary Fellowship from Somerville College, Oxford. Besides that, it is said that she had never received any kind of formal education.

Occupation

Politician, Diplomat

Family

  • FatherMotilal Nehru (Lawyer, Activist, Politician)
  • MotherSwarup Rani Thussu (Freedom Fighter)
  • Siblings – Krishna Hutheesing (Younger Sister) (Writer), Jawaharlal Nehru (Older Brother) (Politician, Activist)
  • Others – Gangadhar Nehru (Paternal Grandfather) (Police Officer), Indrani Nehru (Paternal Grandmother) (Homemaker), Indira Gandhi (Niece) (Politician), Rajiv Gandhi (Grand-Nephew) (Politician), Sanjay Gandhi (Grand-Nephew), Gita Sahgal (Granddaughter) (Journalist)

Build

Average

Height

5 ft 4 in or 162.5 cm

Weight

89 kg or 196 lbs

Boyfriend / Spouse

Vijaya’s a named had been linked with –

  1. Ranjit Sitaram Pandit (1921-1944) – They had 3 daughters named, Chandralekha Mehta, Nayantara Sehgal, and Rita Dar. Their daughter Nayantara is a successful novelist. Her husband was arrested on the account of having been involved with the “Indian Independence Movement” and imprisoned in Lucknow until he died in there in 1944.
Dutch Politician Jo Cals and Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit in a picture that was taken on November 12, 1965 at The Hague, Netherlands
Dutch Politician Jo Cals and Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit in a picture that was taken on November 12, 1965, at The Hague, Netherlands (Joost Evers / Anefo / National Archief / CC0 1.0)

Race / Ethnicity

Asian (Indian)

She was of Kashmiri Pandit heritage.

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

  • Short curly hair
  • Round face shape
  • She would always wear a watch.

    Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit as seen in a picture that was taken during her four-day visit to the Netherlands on November 10, 1956
    Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit as seen in a picture that was taken during her four-day visit to the Netherlands on November 10, 1956 (Kroon, Ron / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0 NL)

Religion

Hinduism

Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit as seen in a picture that was taken during her four-day visit to the Netherlands on November 10, 1956
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit as seen in a picture that was taken during her four-day visit to the Netherlands on November 10, 1956 (Kroon, Ron / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0 NL)

Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit Facts

  1. She was the second child born to Motilal Nehru and Swaruparani.
  2. Her father belonged to the Kashmiri Pandit community whereas her mother was a descendant of the Kashimi Brahmin community.
  3. Her step-mother died during childbirth.
  4. She was the first woman to have been given a place in the cabinet before India got its independence and served under the provincial legislature of the “United Provinces”. Besides that, Vijaya was also assigned the post of a minister for public health and a local self-made government.
  5. Vijaya was elected as a member of the United Provinces‘ Constituent Assembly in 1946.
  6. She served as the ambassador for India to various countries including the United States, Soviet Union, Spain, and Mexico.
  7. In 1978, the Alpha Kappa Alpha induced her into the sorority as an honorary member of theirs for being the first woman President of the “United Nations General Assembly” in 1953.
  8. From 1962 to 1964, Vijaya was the elected “Governor of Maharashtra.”
  9. When her niece Indira declared “the Emergency” in 1975, Vijaya stood up against her and in 1977, she campaigned against her causing her to sustain an electoral defeat. She had contested against her as a member of the Janata Party.
  10. After she retired, Vijaya was appointed as by the “UN Human Rights Commission” as their Indian representative.
  11. In the past, she was made Executive Council at the “Aligarh Muslim University.”

Featured Image By Kroon, Ron / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0 NL

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