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At the age of 21, she entered the national scene and became the joint founder of the Indian National Congress of Hyderabad. She spread the message of Khadi and inspired people to boycott foreign goods. She was jailed for taking part in the “Quit India” movement in 1942.
After Independence, she became the Governor of West Bengal. During her public life spanning over half a century, she was associated with the Red Cross, and was the chair of the Indian Red Cross from 1971 to 1972.
The Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park in Darjeeling is named after her.
Padmaja Naidu parents are Sarojini Naidu and Govindarajulu Naidu
- Land and People of Indian States and Union Territories - Gopal Bhargava - Google Books. Books.google.de. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
- Two Alone, Two Together, By Sonia Gandhi, 2004 pg. 18 ISBN 978-0143032458