one of the founder members of the Parel Mahila Sangh in 1943 which organised food for the striking sailors during the revolt by the Royal Indian Navy (RIN) ratings in 1946. Ahilya was one of the founders of the All India Democratic Women's Association. In 1972 she along with Mrinal Gore and others led the famous anti-price rise movement in the state. She was the first women leader to be arrested and put behind bars during the hated Emergency in 1975. She was continuously elected to the Mumbai Municipal Corporation from 1957 to 1977. In 1977 she was elected to the Lok Sabha from Central Mumbai.