Former Governor of Himachal Pradesh, ex-Union Minister and Congress leader Sheila Kaul died after a brief illness on 14 June 2015. She was 100.
She is now survived by sons Gautam Kaul, a retired IPS officer, and Vikram Kaul, an international sports administrator, besides daughter Deepa Kaul, a former Information Minister in UP.
She was married to renowned botanist Kailash Nath Kaul, who established the National Botanical Research Institute in Lucknow. Kaul, sister-in-law of Jawaharlal Nehru, was oldest surviving former Parliamentarian.
She was elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) for five times in 1971, 1980 and 1984 (from Lucknow) and in 1989, 1991 (from Rae Bareli).
• From 1980 to 84 in Indira Gandhi Government, she served as Minister of State (MoS) for culture, Education and Social Welfare (Independent Charge).
• From 1992 to 1995 in Narasimha Rao Government, she served as Union Minister for Housing and Urban Development and was accused of making out-of-turn allotment of government accommodations in return for monetary gain.
• From 1995 to 1996, she served as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh.
• Born on 7 February 1915, Kaul was an arts graduate from Lahore Women’s College and had a degree in teaching from Sir Ganga Ram Training College, Lahore.
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