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Laxmi Sehgal Biography

Laxmi Sehgal Biography

Captain Laxmi Sehgal is one of the lion hearted women, India ever had. She picked up the Gun for the Indian National Army (INA) founded by Netaji Subash Chandra Bose and led it like a tigress for the struggle for Indian freedom.

Laxmi Sehgal was born in 1914 to a traditional Tamil family. She got her first patriotic lessons from her mother who was a member of the Congress herself. She completed her degree in medicine from the Madras Medical College and went to Singapore for a career as a doctor, however something very different was waiting for her.

Singapore at that time was ruled by British and they had to surrender when the Japanese invaded the country. Thousands of Indians were taken as prisoners. At this juncture, Netaji invited the Indian prisoners to join the INA and fight against the British. Laxmi was one of them and Netaji was impressed by her courage and asked her to lead the Rani Jhansi Regiment. She fought like a tigress against the British in the jungles of Burma.

Today octogenarian, Captain Laxmi Sehgal still has the same indomitable attitude and is a practicing Doctor in Kanpur. She is a major attraction to the seminars and conference and is still working for the betterment of the Society.

Facts and Information about Laxmi Sehgal


Born 24 October 1914 (Madras, British India)
Died 23 July 2012 (Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh)
Other names Captain Lakshmi Sehgal
Known for contribution as Revolutionist, Freedom fighter
Spouse(s) P. K. N. Rao ( -1940), Prem Kumar Sahgal (1947-1992)
Children Subhashini Ali, Anisa Puri kanpur
Grand Son Shaad Ali (filmmaker)
Education In 1938 Sahgal completed MBBS degree from the Madras Medical College.

Diploma in gynaecology and obstetrics

Contact with the Indian National Army In Singapore, Lakshmi came in contact with the Indian National Army. With the aim to help the poor, a clinic was established by her.
Arrest For being a part of the INA’s march to Burma, the British army arrested Captain Lakshmi in May 1945.
Activities and achievements In 1971, Lalshmai became a part of the Communist Party of India, representing the party in the Upper House.

Relief camps were organized by her during the Bangladesh crisis for refugees in Calcutta.

She played a key role in providing medical facilities to the victims of the Bhopal gas tragedy. She also worked to restore peace after the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. In a campaign against the Miss World competition in Bangalore, she was arrested.

In 2002, Sehgal was selected as a candidate for the presidential elections by four leftist parties – the Communist Party of India, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the All India Forward Bloc and the Revolutionary Socialist Party.

Remarriage Sahgal got remarried in March 1947 to Prem Kumar Sahgal in Lahore.
Awards Sahgal was honoured with the Padma Vibhushan in 1998.