Sumati Morarjee

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Sumati Morarjee

Born: 13 March 1909

Died: 27 June 1998

  • She also known as the first woman of Indian shipping, is credited to have become the first woman in the world to head an organization of ship owners – Indian National Steamship Owners Association (later renamed Indian National Shipowners Association) which has been traditionally a male bastion.
  • She has been awarded Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian honor of India in 1971 for her civil services.
  • She remained in regular touch with Mahatma Gandhi and both met on several occasions.
  • Their exchange was documented in newspaper reports. He counted her among his closest friends.
  • Between 1942 and 1946, she was involved in the underground movement for Independence with him.
  • She was also the founder of the Sumati Vidya Kendra School in Juhu, Mumbai.
  • She provided a one-way passage to Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), in 1965.
  • She was elected as vice-president of the World Shipping Federation, London, in 1970.
  • She served as the chairperson of the Narottam Morarjee Institute of Shipping.
  • She was instrumental in bringing the Sindhis from Pakistan during the Partition of India.
  • She helped to establish a model for modern Indian Shipping companies and offered to a world not only business values but also helped propagate ideas of Indian culture and heritage.

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