Bhikaiji Cama

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Bhikaiji Rustom CamaBhi<span style="border-bottom:1px double purple;">&#x6B;&#x68;</span>&#x61;&#x69;- (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;">&#x6B;</span>&#x61;&#x69;- (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&nbsp;– 13 August 1936) was a prominent figure in the Indian independence movement.

Early life

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&mdash;a lawyer by training and a merchant by profession&mdash;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...
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