14 June 2015

Durgābāi Deshmukh - First Death Anniversary 9.5.1982

Durgābāi Deshmukh (July 15, 1909 – May 9, 1981) was an Indian freedom fighter, lawyer, social worker and politician. She was a member of the Constituent Assembly of India and the Planning Commission of India.

Born in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India. Durgabai was married at the age of 8  to a Telugu person who died earlier in her childhood, later she married C.D. Deshmukh, the first Indian governor of the Reserve Bank of India and Finance Minister in India's Central Cabinet during 1950-1956. She was a public activist for women's emanicipation and the founder of Andhra Mahila Sabha. She was also the founder chairperson of the central social welfare board.

A 'Mother of Social Work in India' and a "Legend among women in her lifetime", Dr (Mrs) Durgabai Desmukh was at once a freedom fighter, planner, administrator, educationist, social reformer and parliamentarian. She won Nehru Literacy Award, UNESCO Award for outstanding work in the field of Literacy and was decorated with PADMA VIBHUSHAN.

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