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Usha Mehta

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Who was Usha Mehta?

She was a prominent figure in India’s freedom struggle, known for her role in establishing Congress Radio during the Quit India Movement in 1942. A law student in Bombay at the time, Mehta was deeply inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s call for civil disobedience. She played a pivotal role in setting up Congress Radio as an underground radio station to counter British censorship and provide uncensored news and information to the Indian public.

Despite challenges, they succeeded in providing a vital voice for India’s freedom struggle, amplifying the call for independence and inspiring generations. When Mehta was released from Pune’s Yerawada Jail in March 1946, she was hailed in the nationalist media as “Radio-ben”. Conferred the Padma Vibhushan in 1998, Mehta died after a brief illness in 2000.


Usha Mehta’s story exemplifies ethical values such as:

  1. Commitment to Justice
  2. Courage: Mehta demonstrated courage in the face of adversity, refusing to bow down to British authorities and continuing to broadcast nationalist messages even when faced with the threat of arrest.
  3. Integrity: Despite the risks involved, she remained true to her principles and refused to compromise on the ideals of freedom and democracy.
  4. Sacrifice: Mehta made personal sacrifices, including risking her safety and freedom, for the greater good of the nation and its people.
  5. Leadership: She showed leadership by taking the initiative and organizing the establishment of Congress Radio, rallying others to join the resistance against British colonial rule.