New Delhi: Today is the death anniversary of Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, sister of the country's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Very few people would know about Smt. Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, belongs to the Nehru family, even though she has been a major contributor to public service before and after the freedom struggle. She resigned from Congress and joined the Janata Party, opposing the Emergency of her niece and then PM Indira Gandhi.
Vijay Lakshmi Pandit was born on August 18, 1900, in the Gandhi-Nehru family. Her education took place mainly at home. Like brother Jawaharlal, her early life was also like a princess. She had received an English education by staying at home. She was also interested in education as well as political literature, horse riding, etc. She was 11 years younger than Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru and 7 years older than her sister Krishna. She started her studies from Allahabad. Then, she fought in the freedom struggle with Gandhi and Nehru. She was active in politics with her father Motilal Nehru and later brother Jawaharlal Nehru.
Influenced by Gandhiji, she also started participating in movements for independence. For this, she went to jail many times. But she fought for freedom for the country. In 1937, she was elected to the Provincial Assembly of the United Provinces. Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit became the first Indian woman to become a cabinet minister. She was the first woman in the world to become president of the United Nations General Assembly in 1953. Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit became India's first ambassador to the Soviet Union. She was then made ambassador to the United States. She became India's first ambassador to the United Nations.