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Nellie Sengupta

Kolkata, West Bengal

August 23, 2021


Nellie Sengupta, was an Englishwoman who met her future husband at her parents' house in Cambridge. She relocated to India after her marriage with Jatindra Mohan Sengupta (Indian freedom fighter who actively took part in the Non-Cooperation movement in the year 1921). She was the Congress President in the year 1933.

Along with Jatindra Mohan Sengupta, she also participated in the Non-Cooperation Movement. They were both closely associated with Sarojini Naidu. She defied law by the door-to-door selling of Khadi. Under the charge of addressing an unlawful assembly, she was imprisoned for a period of four months at Delhi. Meetings were often held at her house, especially at a time when riots were taking place in many areas of the region.

She was awarded the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India in 1973.