Captain Lakshmi Sahgal of the Rani Jhansi Regiment was born into a highly political, nationalist family. She had her early political education at home, when the family boycotted English goods and spoke only Malayalam and Tamil. She was politically active in Madras University, but did not agree with Gandhi’s call to students to give up their education and join the Civil Disobedience Movement.
Lakshmi Sahgal was vice president of the All India Democratic Women’s Association and president of the U.P. state unit of the Janwadi Mahila Samiti. She passed away in 2012, and is survived by two daughters.