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

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A Revolutionary Woman

A Passionate Life: Writings by and on Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay edited by Ellen Carol Dubois and Vinay Lal, Zubaan Publishers, 2017; pp xvi + 483, 995.

A Passionate Life, a collection of essays on Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, edited by Ellen Carol Dubois and Vinay Lal, which also includes a selection of her own writings, puts to shame scholars of Indian political history, and those writing on the Indian women’s movement.

Here is a woman, born in 1903, in a rural area in south-western India—married at 12 and widowed at 14—who broke every social and cultural norm of that era. She engaged in India’s freedom struggle at the highest level, as a critic who could not be ignored, writing in newspapers, journals, as well as political documents. There are hardly any substantial writings by prominent modern history scholars on her life. A Passionate Life corrects that neglect substantially and also stimulates a call for more on her life and work.

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Updated On : 26th Mar, 2018
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