Janaki Devi Bajaj (7 January 1893 – 21 May 1979) was an Indian independence activist who was jailed for participating in Civil Disobedience Movement in 1932.

She was born in 1893 in Jaora in Madhya Pradesh in a Vaishnva Marwari family in India and married to Jamnalal Bajaj who was a leading industrialist, who founded the Bajaj Group in 1926 [1] and a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi. Along with participating in the freedom struggle movement, she also took up khadi n spinning on charkha, worked for women upliftment,goseva and the betterment of the lives of harijans and their temple entry in 1928. After independence she worked with Vinoba Bhave on Bhoodan movement.[2]

She was conferred Padma Vibhushan the second highest civilian award in 1956.[3] She published her autobiography titled, Meri Jivan Yatra in 1965 and died in 1979. Many educational institutions and awards have been set up in her memory, including Janaki Devi Bajaj Institute of Management Studies and 'Jankidevi Bajaj Gram Vikas Sanstha' established by Bajaj Electricals.[4]


  • Bajaj, Janaki Devi. Meri Jivan Yatra (My Life Journey). New Delhi: Martand Upadhaya, 1965 (1956).


  1. ^ "In Bajaj family, business sense over-rules ties". Financial Express. 6 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Bharti Thakur (2006). Women in Gandhi's mass movements. Deep and Deep Publications. p. 118. ISBN 8176298182. 
  3. ^ "Padma Awards Directory (1954-2007)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. 2007-05-30. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 April 2009. 
  4. ^ "Jankidevi Bajaj Gram Vikas Sanstha". Bajaj Electricals. 

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