Lakshmi Sahgal – Freedom Fighter of India
Born on the 24th of October in the year 1914, Lakshmi Sahgal was a prominent entity in India’s struggle to freedom; she was an officer in the Indian Army, and also a significant revolutionary who opposed the rule of the British Raj.
She served as the Minister of Women’s Affairs in the Azad Hind government of the country and was rewarded with the title of “Captain Lakshmi,” for her courage, zeal, and drive, to lead people to fight for a common goal of attaining independence.
Hailing from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, she studied medicine and acquired an MBBD degree from the Madras Medical College and went on to do a specialization in gynaecology and obstetrics. She began her career as a doctor, practicing at the Government Kasturba Gandhi Hospital, located in Chennai.
After her marriage failed, she went to Singapore and established a clinic to treat the poor, and participated in a lot of social work, collaborating with the Subhas Chandra Bose Indian National Army. She aided many wounded prisoners during wars and Singapore’s surrender to Japan by the British government.
She died of a cardiac arrest at the age of 97 at Kanpur, on the 23rd of July, in the year 2012.