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In this section, find articles, essays, listicles on Indian feminist icons and history of the feminist movement in India and South Asia.

Understanding Andal: Desexualised Mother And Her Erotic Desires

Out of 12 Alvars (Vishnu worshippers), Andal is the only female poetess/ saint who is worshipped for her unabashed desires and devotion towards the lord Vishnu.
Wajida Tabassum: The Muslim Feminist Writer With A Distinct Style| #IndianWomenInHistory

Wajida Tabassum: The Muslim Feminist Writer With A Distinct Style| #IndianWomenInHistory

Wajida Tabassum is the first story writer to be called sahib-e-asloob (a writer with a distinct style) after Ismat Chughtai.
Kondapalli Koteswaramma: Andhra's Communist Revolutionary Activist | #IndianWomenInHistory

Kondapalli Koteswaramma: Andhra’s Communist Revolutionary Activist | #IndianWomenInHistory

Kondapalli Koteswaramma, a communist leader, writer and feminist had lived a long revolutionary life and her voice was one of those rare voices from the margins which helped reconstitute a politics which is both inclusive and extensive, aimed to build a better world
Purnima Banerji: The Backstage Feminist Of The Indian Constituent Assembly | #IndianWomenInHistory

Purnima Banerji: The Backstage Feminist Of The Indian Constituent Assembly | #IndianWomenInHistory

She took part in the 24 days Dandi March in 1930 which was an act of non-violent, civil disobedience in colonial India. In 1941, she, along with Sucheta Kriplani started individual satyagraha for which both of them were eventually arrested. Banerji was again arrested in 1942 for taking part in the Quit India movement. She had to take her B.A. exams from prison.
Devika Rani: The First Lady Of Indian Screen| #IndianWomenInHistory

Devika Rani: The First Lady Of Indian Screen | #IndianWomenInHistory

Devika Rani was an Indian actress and producer is celebrated for giving Indian cinema its gems- Madhubala, Mumtaz, and Dilip Kumar.
Leela Dube: The Stalwart Of Anthropology | #IndianWomenInHistory

Leela Dube: The Stalwart Of Anthropology | #IndianWomenInHistory

Leela Dube expressed how leading a gendered life made her susceptible to gender issues, of which the male-dominated academia was unaware.
Rani Durgavati: The Valiant Gond Queen

Rani Durgavati: The Valiant Gond Queen | #IndianWomenInHistory

Rani Durgavati of the Chandela Kingdom was an exquisite Gond Queen who carried forward her family's valiant heritage in both life and demise.
The History Of Pride Parades In India

The History Of Pride Parades In India

It has been 20 years since the 1999 Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk. Today, Pride Parades are held in over 21 Indian cities.
The Pink Chaddi Campaign: Women's Fight For Right To Public Spaces

The Pink Chaddi Campaign: Women’s Fight For Right To Public Spaces

The Pink Chaddi Campaign was a campaign undertaken by the group members as a non-violent means of protesting against the Right-wing extremist group, Sri Ram Sena’s violent attack on pub-going women and their companions.
Bibha Chowdhuri: The Invisibilised Physicist| #IndianWomenInHistory

Bibha Chowdhuri: The Invisibilised Physicist| #IndianWomenInHistory

Bibha Chowdhuri’s courage and conviction at a time when very few women were allowed access to public education, especially in spaces occupied mostly by men, motivated her to acquire a B.Sc. in Physics from Scottish Church College in Kolkata and an M.Sc. Degree in Physics from Calcutta University.

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Priyanka Chopra And The Problems With Gaslighting Women

Gaslighting: Priyanka Chopra And Her Not So Good Will

While the words and language used may vary, the goal of gaslighting is to undermine the target by portraying her as unreasonable, unreliable and inherently defective in mind as well as character/morality.
In Conversation With Smriti Bhoker— Women's World Of Urdu Writing

In Conversation With Smriti Bhoker— Women’s World Of Urdu Writing

Smriti Bhoker is an Urdu poet who is currently pursuing a masters degree in sociology from Delhi. Urdu, as Smriti herself calls, is a "dying language".
5 Ismat Chughtai Stories That Highlight Women’s Issues Pertinent Today

5 Ismat Chughtai Stories That Highlight Women’s Issues Pertinent Today

Stories by Ismat Chughtai continue to unsettle readers for portraying what is still considered to be tabooed and obscene to civil society.