She was born as Lakshmi Swaminathan in Chennai and her father Dr. S. Swaminathan, was a lawyer at Madras High Court. Her mother, A.V. Ammukutty belonged to a well known family of Anakkara in Palghat, Kerala. She received an MBBS degree from Madras Medical College in 1938.
In 1940, she left for Singapore, where she established a clinic and also played an active role in the India Independence League.
In 1942, when Subhas Chandra Bose arrived in Singapore, she joined the new regiment, called the Rani of Jhansi Regiment and fought on the side of the Axis powers against the British during the World War II.
In 1971, Sahgal joined the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and represented the party in the Rajya Sabha. In 2002, four leftist parties nominated her as a candidate in the presidential elections against A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, in which the latter emerged victorious.
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