Published:  01:08 AM, 01 August 2018

Kamala Nehru

Kamala Nehru

Kamala Kaul Nehru was a freedom fighter and the wife of Jawaharlal Nehru (the leader of the Indian National Congress and later the first Prime Minister of India). Kamala was born on 1 August 1899 to Rajeshwari and Atul Kaul, in a middle-class Kashmiri Pandit family of old Delhi. 

Kamala married Jawaharlal Nehru at the age of 17. In his autobiography, Jawaharlal Nehru, referring to his wife, stated "I almost overlooked her." Kamala gave birth to a girl child in November 1917, Indira Priyadarshini, who later succeeded her father as prime minister and head of the Congress party. 

Kamala was involved with the Nehrus in the national movement that she emerged into the forefront. Kamala Nehru spent some time at Gandhi's ashram with Kasturba Gandhi where she built a close friendship with Prabhavati Devi - the wife of freedom fighter Jayaprakash Narayan.

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