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Sucheta Kripalani
Sucheta Kripalani

Sucheta Kripalani (nee Mazumdar) (1908–1974) was a freedom fighter, the first woman Chief Minister in India and an important political figure in the post-Independence India, who never wavered from Gandhian principles.

She was educated at Government College for Women, Lahore; and St. Stephen's College, Delhi; and taught History at the Benares Hindu University. Untimely death of her father had thrown on her the responsibility of looking after the family that she fulfilled with care and affection. Her marriage to J.B. Kripalani in 1936 challenged the established social norms. The decision of their marriage gave rise to strong opposition from their families. Gandhi himself was opposed to the marriage. Gandhi tried to persuade Sucheta to give up the idea as he feared he would ...

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