Annie Besant (1847-1933) was a British writer, activist and philanthropist. She
was the founder of Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India.
She was a champion of women’s rights, worker’s
rights, secularism and freedom of thought. She was especially active in India,
campaigning for self-rule and its independence from the UK. In 1917, she was
elected as the president of the Indian National Congress.
India Rules Sex With a Child Bride Is Always Rape in a Massive Win for Girls’ Rights:
We hear so much bad news from India and women’s rights. It’s so wonderful to hear good news in the advancement of women’s rights!
Lakshmi Sahgal (1914-2012) was a
revolutionary during the independence movement of India. She was an officer in
the Indian National Army and was known countrywide as ‘Captain Lakshmi’.
medicine and received her diploma in gynaecology and obstetrics in 1939. During
the independence movement, she commanded an all-female regiment of the army.
She founded the All India Democratic Women’s Association in 1981.
45th Anniversary of the Chipko Movement:
Looks like India is a theme today! I loved reading about this eco-feminist movement back in the 70s that turned out to be successful. Girl power!
Thakral (1914-2008) was an Indian aviator, the first woman in her country to fly
an aircraft. She obtained her pilot license in 1936, at the age of 21.
She was the first woman to obtain an ‘A’ license in India, after she
accumulated over a thousand hours of flying. In addition to this, she was an
artist and business woman, designing clothes and jewellery.
Delivering the inaugural lecture at the three-day Sam Moyo Memorial Conference on “Land and Labour Questions in the Global South”, Utsa Patnaik said that the estimated drain from India to Britain over the period from 1765 to 1938 was a whopping 9.184 trillion pounds, several times the size of the UK’s GDP today.
Patnaik, who is Professor Emerita at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning (CESP), JNU, said that the policies followed by Britain during its colonial rule in India were so disastrous that per capita food grains availability in India declined drastically from 197.3 kg per year in 1909-14 to 136.8 kg per year in 1946.
Shiva (b. 1952) is an Indian scholar and environmental activist. She is an
important representative of the alter-globalization movement, which promotes
global solidarity and cooperation while rejecting the negative effects of
She has supported numerous grassroots movements in the fields of food and
agriculture, promoting biodiversity and sustainable development. She is also a
strong proponent of the Ecofeminist movement, arguing for a woman-focused
system which engages the female population while also helping the planet.
“In Nepal, 150 people have been killed and 90,000 homes have been destroyed in what the UN has called the worst flooding incident in the country in a decade.
According to the Red Cross, at least 7.1 million people have been affected in Bangladesh – more than the population of Scotland – and around 1.4 million people have been affected in Nepal.
International aid agencies said thousands of villages have been cut off by flooding with people being deprived of food and clean water for days.”