Janaki Devi Bajaj
Early life and career
She was born on 7 January 1893 in Jaora in Madhya Pradesh in a Vaishnva Marwari family in India and was married to Jamnalal Bajaj at the age of eight. Bajaj was 12 years older than her. He was a leading industrialist and founded the Bajaj Group in 1926 and a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi. Along with participating in the freedom struggle movement, she also took up khadi n spinning on charkha, worked for women upliftment ,goseva and the betterment of the lives of harijans and their temple entry in 1928. After independence she worked with Vinoba Bhave on Bhoodan movement. She served as President of Akhil Bhartiya Goseva Sangh for many years since 1942. She was conferred Padma Vibhushan the second highest civilian award in 1956. She published her autobiography titled, Meri Jivan Yatra in 1965 and
She died in 1979. Many educational institutions and awards have been set up in her memory, including Janaki Devi Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Janaki Devi Bajaj Government PG Girls College Kota and 'Jankidevi Bajaj Gram Vikas Sanstha' established by Bajaj Electricals. The Ladies’ Wing of Indian Merchants’ Chamber instituted the IMC-Ladies Wing Jankidevi Bajaj Puraskar for Rural Entrepreneurs in the year 1992-93.
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