Noted women’s rights activist and environmentalist Trupti Shah lost a long-drawn battle with lung cancer in Vadodara late on Thursday night. Trupti, 54, who led the Sahiyar Stree Sangathan in Vadodara since 1984, was known as a “voice that never flinched from standing up for victims of exploitation, injustice and violence”. An economist by training, Trupti’s activism revolved around women’s rights.She relentlessly joined movements related to issues of environment, communal strife, caste, labour and human rights.
On Friday, activist peers and friends gathered at her home in Patrakar colony in Tandalja area to bid her a tearful farewell. Trupti’s activist-husband Rohit Prajapati and son Manav, along with friends, accompanied her on her final journey.
Daughter of known labour union leader, Thakorbhai Shah and Suryakanta, Trupti always attributed her initiation into activism to her parents, especially her father, who had given up his career as journalist and Gandhian ideology to become a Marxist-Trotskyist and trade unionist. “Her concerns were not limited to only women’s issues. She brought gender perspective to other public concerns such as environment, civil liberties, human rights, anti-communalism and all just causes,” said husband Rohit, in a note paying tribute to Trupti.