Who was independent India’s first woman Cabinet Minister?

Rajkumari Amrit Kaur Indian cabinet minister
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Rajkumari Amrit Kaur was an Indian politician and activist. She was actively associated with the Indian independence movement. Amrit Kaur was born on 2 February 1889 in Lucknow.

Political leader Rajkumari Amrit Kaur.
Rajkumari Amrit Kaur

Following the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919, Kaur became a strong critic of the British rule in India. She formally joined the Congress and began active participation in India’s independence movement.

Rajkumari Amrit Kaur was independent India’s first woman Cabinet Minister. She joined the Cabinet as the Health Minister in 1947 and remained in that position for 10 years.

Kaur was drawn to the thoughts and vision of Mahatma Gandhi. Kaur went to live at Gandhi’s ashram in 1934, and adopted a simple lifestyle despite her well to do background. Gandhi and Kaur frequently wrote letters to each other even when they were in prison. Read the letters between Amrit Kaur and Mahatma Gandhi in this digital book.

Amrit Kaur as India’s first Health Minister
Amrit Kaur as India’s first Health Minister

As the health minister, Kaur played an instrumental role in establishment of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi.

She passed away in 1964, at the age of 75. While she was a practicing Roman Catholic, she was cremated as per Sikh rituals in the Yamuna.

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