Women of Revolutionary Movement in British India: Bhikaji Cama

Women of Revolutionary Movement in British India: Bhikaji Cama

Bhikaji Cama(1861-1936) was a strong-minded lady who played an important role in India’s early years of freedom struggle.

Born on September 24, 1861 in Mumbai(then Bombay) she always had a flair for diligence and languages.

She unfurled the first Indian tricolor on foreign land i.e., Germany. This flag was a modification of the ‘Calcutta flag’ designed by Madame Cama and Shyamji Krishna Varma. This flag became one of the models out of which the present Indian National Flag was designed.

While staying in London she became acquainted with Dadabhai Naoroji and joined the Indian National Congress.

Fearing deportation, she moved from London to Paris and helped revolutionary activities from there.

She helped publish the newspaper, Bande Mataram, copies of which were smuggled back to India.

She was finally allowed to return to India in 1935. And she died one year post returning her homeland.