ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Death and Desire in Times of Revolution

This paper engages with the choices made by Pritilata Waddedar (1911-32), a member of the Chittagong-based Indian Republican Army, who died on 24 September 1932 after successfully leading a siege on the Pahartali European Club in Chittagong. Pritilata has long been accorded iconic status as a virangana in nationalist historiography. Her dying statement has been studied by historians to understand whether and how the politicisation of women in anti-colonial struggles resulted in a reordering of gender relations. This article engages with the complexity of Hindu women's participation in militant anti-colonial struggles by problematising the choices made by them. It attempts a decentring of knowledge by exposing to scrutiny areas of "private" experience of women in "public"/"political" movements through a reading of the writings of Pritilata, Kalpana Dutt and Surya Sen.

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