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Kamala Nehru (Atal Kaul)

Birthdate: (36)
Birthplace: New Delhi, Delhi, India
Death: February 28, 1936 (36)
Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland (tuberculosis)
Place of Burial: Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Jawharmal Kaul and Rajpati Kaul
Wife of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
Mother of Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
Sister of Kailas Nath Kaul; Swaroop(Bappi) Kathju and Chand Bahadur Kaul

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About Kamala Nehru

Kamala Kaul Nehru (1899–1936) was the wife of Jawaharlal Nehru - leader of the Indian National Congress and first Prime Minister of India. Kamala married Nehru on 8 February 1916. Their marriage was arranged by his parents.

Contribution to the Indian Freedom Movement

Born and brought up in a traditional Kashmiri Brahmin family of old Delhi, Kamala was simple, quiet and unobtrusive .[citation needed] She felt alienated amongst the more Westernized Nehrus.[citation needed] It was only with the involvement of the Nehrus in the national movement, that she emerged into the forefront.[citation needed] In the Non Cooperation movement of 1921, she organized groups of women in Allahabad and picketed shops selling foreign cloth and liquor. When her husband was arrested to prevent him delivering a "seditious" public speech, she went in his place to read it out. She was twice arrested by British authorities.

[edit] Family and Friends

Rajpati and Jawahar Mull Kaul were Kamala Nehru's parents. Kamala, their eldest child, had two brothers, Chand Bahadur Kaul and the botanist, Kailas Nath Kaul, and a sister, Swaroop Kathju. In November 1917, Kamala gave birth to a daughter, Indira Priyadarshini, who later succeeded her father as prime minister and head of the Congress party. Kamala gave birth to a boy in November 1924, but he was premature and died 2 days later.

She spent some time at Gandhi's ashram with Kasturba Gandhi where she built a close friendship with Prabhavati Devi.


Kamala died from tuberculosis in Lausanne, Switzerland on 28 February 1936. Her daughter and her mother-in-law were by her side when she breathed her last. Kamala was cremated at the Lasagna Crematorium.

Although she did not play a major role in India's freedom movement, a number of institutions in India, such as Kamla Nehru College, University of Delhi, Kamla Nehru Park are named after her.

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Kamala Nehru's Timeline

August 1, 1899
New Delhi, Delhi, India
November 19, 1917
Age 18
Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
February 28, 1936
Age 36
Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland
Age 36
Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland