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Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit (India)

Elected President of the eight session of the General Assembly

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Mrs. Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, the chief delegate of India. Born in 1900 of one of the most prominent families in the country, her father was a former President of the Indian National Congress and her brother, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru is now Vice-President of the Executive Council and Member for External Affairs.

Mrs. Pandit was educated by governesses and tutors.

Mrs. Pandit has taken a leading part in her country's politics and has served three terms of imprisonment in connection with civil disobedience movements.

In 1937 she was elected a member of the Legislative Assembly of the United Provinces and became Minister for Local Self-Government and Public Health, which position she held till her party resigned from office in 1939.

She was re-elected in 1946 and again assumed the ministership of Local Self-Government and Public Health in the provincial government. Mrs. Pandit was President,of the All-India Women's Conference from 1941 to 1943 and is the founder and President of the All-India Save the Children.

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