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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Women Revolutionaries of India

While discourse surrounding the freedom struggle has not entirely discounted the role of women, it has certainly not given enough recognition to the women in proportion to their integral roles in the war against the British. The women were not merely passive workers following in the footsteps of celebrated men; they were active revolutionaries, taking up arms, launching underground organisations, publishing anti-British literature, being subjected for years to torture and imprisonment. Many revolutionaries like Pritilata Waddedar and Matangani Hazra were wounded in battle and chose to end their lives for the cause of freedom than be captured by the British. Others like Bina Das and Labanya Prabha Ghosh fought for their homeland, only to die in abject poverty, largely forgotten by the very homeland and the people they had liberated from centuries of occupation and oppression. On Women’s Day, brings to you the stories of ten of Bengal’s most remarkable revolutionaries.


Labanya Prabha Ghosh: Jailed during freedom struggle, Emergency, Bhasha Andolan, now forgotten by govt, people

March 09, 2020 1:35 pm

No commemorative statues or plaques mark the extraordinary life of Labanya Prabha Ghosh, a prominent woman revolutionary from Bengal.

Pritilata Waddedar, the 21-year-old who chose to die than be caught by the British

March 08, 2020 6:10 am

Women’s Day Special: Inspired by Surya Sen, the 21-year-old led the raid on the Pahartali European Club in Chittagong.

Bina Das: 21-yr-old who shot Bengal Governor got Padma Shri, but died in penury

March 08, 2020 6:11 am

Women's Day special: In her own memoir, translated from Bengali by Dhira Dhar, Das mentions how deeply “Subhas babu” was inspired by her father and was a regular visitor to her parents’ home.

Women’s Day special: The forgotten revolutionaries of Bengal

March 04, 2020 8:22 pm

The history of women’s movements in India, especially during the freedom struggle is unique in many ways because it served two purposes. One was to contribute to the cause of freedom from British rule while the other was to impress upon their countrymen and upon the foreign government the urgent need for social, economic, legal and political reform to improve the lives of women in the subcontinent.