Remembering Kasturba Gandhi

Posted by on Feb 22, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Kasturba Gandhi born April 11, 1869, was married to M.K. Gandhi in an arranged marriage. Gandhi was thirteen and Kasturba fourteen years old at the time of their marriage in 1883. When Gandhi left to study in London in 1888, she remained in India to raise their newborn son Harilal Gandhi. She had three more sons: Manilal Gandhi, Ramdas Gandhi, and Devdas Gandhi.

Working closely with her husband, Kasturba Gandhi became a political activist fighting for civil rights and Indian independence from the British. From 1904 to 1914, she was active in the Phoenix Settlement near Durban South Africa. During the 1913 protest against working conditions for Indians in South Africa, Kasturba was arrested and sentenced to three months in a hard labor prison. 

Memorial to Kasturba Gandhi’s final resting place is located on the grounds near the Aga Khan Palace where she died on February 22, 1944. 


Kasturba Gandhi died at Aga Khan Palace


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