Alumnae Achievement Awards
Nayantara Pandit Sahgal ’47
Delegate to the U.N. General Assembly
Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree,
University of Leeds
Sinclair Fiction Prize
Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Eurasia
Pandit Sahgal ’47 is one of India's
premier postcolonial novelists and political journalists.
A former delegate to the U.N. General Assembly,
she was born into a powerful political family;
her uncle was the first prime minister and her
mother India's first ambassador to the U.N.
Her closeness to India's postcolonial regime informs
her work, both fiction and non-fiction. Nayantara
critically examines India's sociopolitical
culture since colonialism and creates a groundbreaking
voice for women¡s issues in that patriarchal
A vocal opponent of Indira
Gandhi's "Emergency” in
the late 1960s, Nayantara deals provocatively with
issues of sex, class, race, politics, and religion
in her novels. Her works include Prison and
Chocolate Cake (1954), A Time to Be
Happy (1958), From Fear
Set Free (1962), Mistaken Identity (1988), Rich
Like Us (1985) and Indira Gandhi: Her
Road to Power (1982).
writer, she has won numerous awards, including a
of Letters degree from the University of
Leeds in 1997, the Sinclair Fiction Prize (for Rich
Like Us), and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize
for Eurasia (for Plan for Departure).
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