|Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 4 in|
|Date of Birth||August 18, 1900|
|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.
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
Vijaya was born on August 18, 1900.
Vijaya died on December 1, 1990, at the age of 90 in Dehradun, Uttar Pradesh, India due to prolonged illness.
Allahabad, North-Western Provinces, British India
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.
- Father – Motilal Nehru (Lawyer, Activist, Politician)
- Mother – Swarup 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)
5 ft 4 in or 162.5 cm
89 kg or 196 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Vijaya’s a named had been linked with –
- 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.
Race / Ethnicity
She was of Kashmiri Pandit heritage.
- Short curly hair
- Round face shape
- She would always wear a watch.
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit Facts
- She was the second child born to Motilal Nehru and Swaruparani.
- Her father belonged to the Kashmiri Pandit community whereas her mother was a descendant of the Kashimi Brahmin community.
- Her step-mother died during childbirth.
- 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.
- Vijaya was elected as a member of the United Provinces‘ Constituent Assembly in 1946.
- She served as the ambassador for India to various countries including the United States, Soviet Union, Spain, and Mexico.
- 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.
- From 1962 to 1964, Vijaya was the elected “Governor of Maharashtra.”
- 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.
- After she retired, Vijaya was appointed as by the “UN Human Rights Commission” as their Indian representative.
- In the past, she was made Executive Council at the “Aligarh Muslim University.”
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