Krishna Sobti was a prolific Hindi writer, who passed away earlier this year who, despite having a strong female presence and presenting bold female characters in her story, has resisted the label of 'women writer'.
Gangubai Hangal was an empowered woman who by the dint of her hard labour, dedication and innate talent made it to the highest echelons, despite her poverty and lower caste status.
The involvement of the tribal women in the Warli revolt was supported by the Kisan Sabha leader, Godaveri Parulekar, also known lovingly as Godutai (elder sister) by the Adivasis.
Bimala Maji was a peasant activist from Midnapur, Bengal who played a vital role in organising the peasant women into the Nari Bahini (tr. Women's militia) in the Tehbhaga Movement subverting her marginalisation as a lower class, Dalit child-widow into a position of power.
The women of the Nadar community led the Channar revolt from 1813-1859 to fight for their right to wear upper-body clothes to cover their breasts.
Amongst the many forgotten names of women who shaped the history of our country in different ways, is one name that continues to be a mystery – Kamla Chaudhry. An accomplished Hindi writer, she also played a crucial part in drafting the Indian constitution in 1948.
Attia Hosain was a prominent Indian novelist, journalist, broadcaster and short-story writer who wrote in English. She started writing at a young age and is known for her works revolving around themes such as Partition and gender.
Feminist intervention around women’s safety in urban spaces and women’s right to experiencing the city led to the creation of various feminist campaigns in India. #IWillGoOut and #WhyLoiter, are offline and online campaigns documenting the idle walking of women in the streets in Indian urban and peri-urban spaces.
Be it now repealed Section 497—Adultery, Section 377—which implied criminalisation of homosexuality, or laws on Marital Rape, there has been a colonial colour to the laws related to women and the LGBTQ+ community in India.
Indrani Rahman had an inherent passion for dance which took her to places far and near, worldwide. Through her mastery of multiple dance forms she left an indelible impression on the repertoire of Indian Classical Dance.