Elected to the Lok Sabha for five terms, Kaul was arguably the oldest surviving former member of parliament. She was a sister-in-law of India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Kaul was inducted into the union cabinet in 1980 as minister for education with independent charge.In 1991, she was made union minister for urban development. In 1995, she became the governor of Himachal Pradesh for around one year.
Sheila Kaul’s family had observed her 101st birthday on February 7 this year by holding a thanksgiving Kashmiri ‘havan’ at her Ghaziabad residence. (IANS)