Women of Revolutionary Movement in British India: Aruna Asaf Ali

Women of Revolutionary Movement in British India: Aruna Asaf Ali

Aruna Asaf Ali(1909-1996) was an Indian educator, political activist and publisher who actively participated in Indian Independence Movement.

She was a member of Congress Socialist Party, factions within the Congress Party for activists that had socialist-leaning.

She was jailed for actively engaging in the Salt Satyagraha and remained in jail till 1931. She was imprisoned several times over the course of her lifetime.

Aruna Asaf Ali, popularly known as the ‘Grand Old Lady’ of the Independence Movement, is known for hoisting the Indian flag at Gowalia Tank Maidan in Mumbai during the Quit India Movement.

Post Independence

She served as Delhi’s first Mayor.

Later she left the Congress Socialist Party to join the Communist Party of India(CPI).