21 March 2016
Aruna Asaf Ali 16.7.1998
Aruna Asaf Ali (16 July 1909 – 29 July 1996), born Aruna Ganguly, was an Indian independence activist. She is widely remembered for hoisting the Indian National Congress flag at the Gowalia Tank maidan in Bombay during the Quit India Movement, 1942.
After the independence, she remained active in politics, becoming Delhi's first mayor in 1958. In the 1960s, she successfully started a media publishing house.
She received India's highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna, posthumously in 1997.