Bhikaiji Rustom Cama

Bhikaiji Rustom Cama 

Bhikaiji Rustom Cama (24 September 1861- 13 August 1936) was a prominent figure in the Indian independence movement. Bhikaiji Rustom Cama  is also known as Madam Cama and is considered as the mother of Indian revolution because of her contributions to Indian freedom struggle.A turning point in her life came when Bombay Presidency was hit by deadly  plague in 1896. She rose to the occasion and devoted herself to the service of plague victims. Her involvement was so complete that she herself dell victim to this dreadful disease. Her condition deteriorated badly and she was advised to go England for rest and further treatment. She reluctantly left for Britain in 1902. Even in an alien land, Madam cama worked for promoting India's freedom struggle. She also worked as a private secretary to great Indian nationalist Dadabhai,Navaroji.She learned a lot from the leggend and that further made her resolve stronger to work for the welfare of the people. Bhikaiji Cama soon became very popular in Britian. The ruler become so scared of her effects on people that they planned her assassination but she survived that escaped to France. Her efforts did not slow down in France and infact,she became a leading inspiration for revolutionaries.She sheltered several freedom fighters and kept sending help in form of cash and materials across the sea.British came to know of her movement and asked French Government for her extradition but French refused. Madam Cama is also credit with desinging India's first tricolour flag with green,saffron and red stripes bearing the immortal words - Vanda Matram.