When a young Aruna Asaf Ali hoisted the Congress flag to symbolically start the Quit India movement in 1942, she became an overnight hero. Known for her bravery and her relentless fight against British colonialism, this socialist leader was awarded the Padma Bhushan as well.
Aruna Asaf Ali is widely remembered for hoisting the Congress flag at the Gowalia Tank maidan in Bombay, during the Quit India Movement in 1942. Born as Aruna Ganguli, she worked as a teacher after graduation. This, an achievement by itself for women in those days, was a teaser of the other major things she was capable of doing for the Independence struggle. Despite parental opposition and irrespective of religion and age, Aruna married Asaf Ali, 20 years elder than her, in 1928.