Sushila Mashruwallah was born in India and grew up in Akola. She was the daughter of a rich, land-owning family who gave much support and money to Gandhi’s resistance campaigns. At the age of 19 she married Gandhi’s son, Manilal. Soon after the wedding they returned to South Africa, where Sushila spent the rest of her life.
In South Africa Sushila became very involved with the Phoenix settlement and the publishing of the Indian Opinion, which she tool full control of after her husband’s death. Unfortunately, she was not able to save the paper, which closed down before her death at the age of 82. Sushila was also politically and socially aware.