ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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A Personal Tribute

Vina Mazumdar

A recollection of the varied contributions of Vina Mazumdar (1927-2013), one of the pioneers of both the women's movement as well as women's studies in India.

My story starts, somewhat incongruously, with the inevitable struggle of an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer to get a “good” posting in the Government of India. One needs the pull and push of godfathers and godmothers, especially for postings considered cushy or prestigious (the two words have different connotations).

So, when I decided to opt for the normal five-year tenure in the Government of India, away from my home cadre of Himachal Pradesh, I was aware of these facts of life but did not visualise how difficult it would be. However, I found an unexpected ally in a non-governmental organisation (NGO), who introduced me to Bunker Roy, who in turn became a conduit in my search.

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