Bhikaiji Rustom Cama
Bhi<span style="border-bottom:1px double purple;">kh</span>ai
- (with aspirated -k<sup>h</sup>-
) is the name as it appears in the biographies. Another common form is Bhi<span style="border-bottom:1px double purple;">k</span>ai
- (with unaspirated -k-
), as it appears on the postage stamp. The name is also frequently misspelled 'Bhikh<span style="border-bottom:1px double green;">a</span>
-' (with missing -i-
), which is a male name (unlike the feminine Bhikh<span style="border-bottom:1px double green;">ai</span>
-). (24 September 1861 – 13 August 1936) was a prominent figure in the Indian independence movement
Bhikhaiji Rustom Cama was born Bhikai Sorab Patel on 24 September 1861 in Bombay (now Mumbai
) into a large, well-off Parsi
family. Her parents, Sorabji Framji Patel and Jaijibai Sorabji Patel, were well-known in the city, where her father Sorabji—a lawyer by training and a merchant by profession—was an influential member of the Parsi community.
Like many Parsi girls of the time, Bhikhaiji attended Alexandra Native Girl's English Institution
. Bhikhaiji was by all accounts a diligent, disciplined child with a flair for languages.
On 3 August 1885, she married Rustom Cama,<!-- son of the... Read More