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Women activist Meena Agarwala dies at 90

Press Trust of India  |  Tezpur (Assam) 

Noted social worker Mina Agarwala died today at her residence here this morning.

The 90-year old Gandhian was suffering for a long time for old-age related ailments, family members said.

An untiring worker for women empowerment, Agarwala has won prestigious laurels like Amal Prabha Das Award and Janki Devi Bajaj Award.

She had re-constituted the Tezpur Mahila Samittee, which was formed in 1919 under the leadership of Agni Kanya Chandra Prabha Saikiani.

Agarwala had also worked for child development by opening a school 'Sisu Bharati' in the campus of Tezpur Mahila Samittee.

Born to Nagendra Nath Baruah and Hemlata Baruah of Tezpur on December 15, 1924, she got attachment of Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha at an early age and learnt dance and music.

On her demise, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi expressed his condolence and said her work for women and children will always be fondly remembered.

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First Published: Thu, July 24 2014. 20:18 IST