पद्मजा नायडू -मृत्यु: (2 मई 1975)

May 02, 2017

पद्मजा नायडू (जन्म- 17 नवम्बर, 1900; मृत्यु- 2 मई 1975) प्रसिद्ध भारतीय राजनीतिज्ञ श्रीमती सरोजिनी नायडू की पुत्री थीं। इन्होंने अपनी माता के समान ही अपना सारा जीवन भारत के हितों के लिए समर्पित कर दिया था। राष्ट्रीय सेवा और इसके साथ ही उनका मानवीय दृष्टिकोण हमेशा याद किया जाता है। पद्मजा नायडू को सन् 1962 में 'भारत सरकार' के सर्वोच्च दूसरे नागरिक पुरस्कार 'पद्म विभूषण' से सम्मानित किया गया था।

Padmaja Naidu (1900 – 2 May 1975[1]) was an Indian freedom fighter and politician.
Padmaja Naidu was born in Hyderabad to a bengali mother and a Telugu father.Her mother was the celebrated poet and Indian freedom fighter, Sarojini Naidu.Her father Mutyala Govindrajulu Naidu was a physician. She had four siblings, Jaisoorya, Leilamani, Aditya and Ranadheera.

At the age of 21, she cofounded the Indian National Congress in Hyderabad. She was jailed for taking part in the "Quit India" movement in 1942.After Independence, she was elected to the Indian Parliament in 1950. In 1956 she was appointed the Governor of West Bengal. She was also associated with the Red Cross and was the chair of the Indian Red Cross from 1971 to 1972.

Early in her life, Padmaja was a close friend of Ruttie Petit who married Muhammad Ali Jinnah, later the founder of Pakistan. Padmaja Naidu had a close relationship with the Nehru family, including with Jawaharlal and his sister, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit. Pandit later told Pupul Jayakar, Indira Gandhi's friend and biographer, that Padmaja Naidu and Nehru lived together for many years. Nehru did not marry Padmaja because he did not want to hurt his daughter, Indira.[8][9] However, Padmaja never married hoping Nehru would propose one day. After retiring, Padmaja lived until her death in 1975 in a bungalow on the Teen Murti Bhavan estate, Prime minister Nehru's official residence and later a museum dedicated to his memory.

The Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park in Darjeeling is named after her.