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Madam Cama

Bhikaiji Rustom Cama or Madam Cama, an important figure in the Indian Nationalist Movement was born on September 24th 1861 in Bombay (present Mumbai). She attended Alexandra Native Girl's English Institution and developed a talent for languages as well as a fascination in the nationalist movement personalities.
She wedded Rustom Cama, a wealthy, pro-British lawyer on August 3rd 1885. Madam Cama was primarily inclined towards philanthropic activities as well as social work. When the Bombay Presidency was struck by famine and then bubonic plague in October 1896, Madam Cama was amongst the member of several teams functioning out of Grant Medical College.

She ardently supported gender equality, being influenced by Christabel Pankhurst as well as the Suffragette movement,. Madam Cama is even known to have had unfurled a ‘Flag of Indian Independence’ on August 22nd 1907, at the International Socialist Conference in Stuttgart, Germany.
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