Pandit, Vijaya Lakshmi

Pandit, Vijaya Lakshmi

(vĭjī`ə läk`shmē pŭn`dĭt), 1900–1990, Indian diplomat, sister of Jawaharlal NehruNehru, Jawaharlal
, 1889–1964, Indian statesman, b. Allahabad (now Priyagraj); son of Motilal Nehru. A politician and statesman of great skill, Nehru was enormously popular in India.
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. She played an active role in the Indian National CongressIndian National Congress,
Indian political party, founded in 1885. Its founding members proposed economic reforms and wanted a larger role in the making of British policy for India.
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 before Indian independence and was several times imprisoned. She was leader of the Indian delegation to the United Nations (1946–51), ambassador to the Soviet Union (1947–49) and to the United States (1949–51), president of the UN General Assembly (1953–54), and India's high commissioner to Great Britain (1955–61). From 1962 to 1964 she was governor of Maharashtra.

Bibliography

See her autobiography The Scope of Happiness (1979).

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