B.K. Nehru’s wife dies at 109

Kasauli, April 25
Shobha Nehru, wife of Jawaharlal Nehru’s cousin B.K. Nehru, died at her residence in Kasauli town of Himachal Pradesh early on Tuesday due to age-related complications, her family said. She was 109. Members of the Gandhi family are expected to attend her cremation here on Wednesday. Shobha, who is survived by three sons, was married to India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s cousin B.K. Nehru, an Indian diplomat who nearly succeeded Dag Hammarskjold as United Nations Secretary General. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi used to visit the picturesque hill station of Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh to meet her regularly. The last time he visited his great grandaunt was in May 2016.
Born in Budapest in Hungary, Shobha Nehru married into the Nehru family in 1935 after she met B.K. Nehru at the University of Oxford as a student.
B.K. Nehru, one of India’s most distinguished civil servants of post-independent India and former trustee of The Tribune Trust of Publications, died on October 31, 2001 at the age of 92.
Justice (retd) S.S. Sodhi, former Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court and currently The Tribune Trust President, visited her residence here on Monday to inquire about her well-being.

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