India’s Freedom Fighter, Know as ‘Iron Lady’

Great People of India

Durga Bai Deshmukh(15 July 1909 – 9 April 1981) India’s first woman leader of Andhra Pradesh was a freedom fighter and social activist. Durga Bai was born in a place named Rajmundari, Kakinada. Durga Bai’s father’s name was Shri Rama Rao and mother’s name was Mrs. Kristenmannamma. Durga Bai Deshmukh was the wife of India’s first finance minister Chintaman Rao Deshmukh. Durga Bai Bachchan was a patriot and social worker. Durga Bai became the President of the Blind Relief Association. She established a school hostel and an engineering workshop for this institution.

Deshmukh was a Rajya Sabha member. At that time, the only woman president was in the Constituent Assembly. Durga Bai founded the 1962 Durga Bai Deshmukh Hospital. He organized the voluntary organizations. It was meant to educate, train and rehabilitate poor women, children and the disabled. In 1975, the Indian government’s Rara Durga Bai Deshmukh was awarded the Padam Vibhushan award.

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