Pink Sari Revolution: A Tale of Women and Power in India
A triumphant portrait of a fiery sisterhood changing the lives of India's women.In Uttar Pradesh—known as the "badlands" of India—a woman’s life is not entirely her own. This is one explanation for how Sheelu, a seventeen-year-old girl, ended up in jail after fleeing her service in the home of a... show more
A triumphant portrait of a fiery sisterhood changing the lives of India's women.In Uttar Pradesh—known as the "badlands" of India—a woman’s life is not entirely her own. This is one explanation for how Sheelu, a seventeen-year-old girl, ended up in jail after fleeing her service in the home of a powerful local legislator. In a region plagued by corruption, an incident like this might have gone unnoticed—except that it captured the attention of Sampat Pal, leader of India’s infamous Gulabi (Pink) Gang. Poor and illiterate, married off around the age of twelve, pregnant with her first child at fifteen, and prohibited from attending school, Sampat Pal has risen to become the courageous commander and chief of a women’s brigade numbering in the tens of thousands. Uniformed in pink saris and carrying pink batons, they aim to intervene wherever other women are victims of abuse or injustice. Joined in her struggle by Babuji, a sensitive man whose intellectualism complements her innate sense of justice, and by a host of passionate field commanders, Sampat Pal has confronted policemen and gangsters, officiated love marriages, and empowered women to become financially independent. In a country where women’s rights struggle to keep up with rapid modernization, the story of Sampat Pal and her Pink Gang illuminates the thrilling possibilities of female grassroots activism. 10 illustrations
Publish date: August 5th 2013
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
I think if I hadn't read this right after reading Shiv Sena Women: Violence And Communalism In A Bombay Slum and Street Corner Secrets: Sex, Work, and Migration in the City of Mumbai as well as various essays about women in India, my reaction would be different. I know that I did enjoy the program I...
BOTWBlurb:India's struggle with justice for women in the 21st century is becoming one of the most prominent news stories of the moment. In the last few months, another terrible gang rape hit the headlines. Women's collectives are growing up all over the country and beginning to fight back. The most ...
Reader: Meera SyalProducer: Clive BrillAbridger: Eileen HorneAuthor: Amana Fontanella-Khanhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes