"I was in Trivandum, studying intermediate in the Maharaja’s College for Women. Actually Mountbatten was supposed to come to our college. They had asked me to garland him. But he never turned up. We hoisted the flag, and we were all excited and happy it was independence day. I had also participated in the Quit... Continue Reading →
"My grandmother, Anjalai Amma was in jail for more than four and half years.She gave birth to her last son in the jail itself . My grand father Murugappa and my maternal aunt Leelavathy and her husband Jamadhagni were also freedom fighters.Her biography is included in viii std Tamil text book[second semester book]." Courtesy:... Continue Reading →
Leela Diraviam participated as a freedom fighter in underground work; passing messages and attending meetings shrouded in secrecy. She describes herself as a Gandhian. She said, “On that day, there was no TV. We heard the speech in parliament, that India awakes to life and freedom (sic). As soon as he (Nehru) said that India... Continue Reading →
Supriya Cherian was a college student in Calcutta on Independence Day. She said, “On the 14th, we heard that the 15th was going to be a direct action day. Mr Surrawady was the CM and no one knew what was going to happen. Earlier, in our hostel, we had practiced flag hoisting and decided we... Continue Reading →
"In 2010, as a Teacher and a Research scholar , I had a burning desire within me to reach beyond my family and reach community . I just brainstormed this idea with my two friends, Deepa and Lalitha. My friends expressed same passion and support and joined my hands in this journey. The discussions gave... Continue Reading →
Mythily Sivaraman at the United Nations (New York), 1967. The photograph was taken when Mythily worked from July 1966 to mid-1968 as Research Assistant in the Permanent Mission of India to the UN. Her research work related to non-self-governing territories and their problems and included the preparation of statements to be made by the Indian... Continue Reading →
Anjum Zamrooda Habib, Srinagar, February 4, 2011 "Anjum Zamrooda Habib is part of a human rights organization in Kashmir and is seen here protesting for the rights of women in Kashmir. These protests took place after two girls from Sopore were killed by unknown gunmen in Kashmir. She also preaches Islam among the Muslim women community. She... Continue Reading →
"This photo was taken during the Joy Of Giving Week in 2010. Along with Ms .Malathi, trustee of Tanker foundation, we visited 5 orphanages and fed 650 orphan children. The above photo shows me with the kids of the Seva Samaj orphanage in Chennai. " Submitted by K. Nandhini Santhala Dinesh, Director Of DSIN Technology... Continue Reading →
Basanti Guhathakurta, present in the picture, along with Dr. Khudrat e Khoda, renowned scientist and chair of the Education Commission, talking with President V.V. Giri , Raj Bhavan, New Delhi (1973). Photo submitted by Meghna Guhathakurta.
"Meeting with President V.V.Giri of India 1973 , accompanying my mother with the Khudrat e Khoda Education Commission. Seen in the picture are my mother Basanti Guhathakurta, and Prof. M.U. Ahmed, psychologist, members of the commission and myself (Meghna Guhathakurta)." Photo submitted by Meghna Guhathakurta
"Vaishali Patil, a Konkani activist, is at the forefront of the struggle against the coming up of the proposed Nuclear Power Plant at Jaitapur in Maharashtra. Women like Vaishali from all walks of life are paying serious heed to the process of development happening around them and the impact it will have on the people... Continue Reading →
A woman is seen demonstrating her dissent and dismay at the atrocities perpetrated by the state & the police against the people of Jaitapur, the site of the proposed Nuclear Power Plant in Maharashtra. "The country is at a turning point in history now. Having exhausted all resources that the Governments could lay their hands... Continue Reading →
Lambadi protest against NREGA system in the state, 15.3.2011, Chikkalalbagh, Bangalore "They took part in a protest which included around 3000-4000 people from all over North Karnataka. They were protesting about the job card, allotment of work on time, proper wages paid on time, and demanding a halt to the violation of women’s rights." Photo... Continue Reading →
Dr. Lata Deshpande at her home, which is a memorial to her father, a freedom fighter, town mayor, social worker and accomplished doctor. Among the wall displays are letters and photographs of many freedom fighters (Contributed by Manisha Joshi).
Dr. Lata Deshpande, social worker, in her timeless kitchen. Nutritious meals are planned and resources sourced for more than 40 destitute girls who live on top floor of the house (Joshi).
Rashtriya Seva Dal volunteers, Queen Mary's College circa 1947, Madras Presidency. Lady Dhanvantari Rama Rao with K.N. Lalitha, R. Vasantha, K.N. Pramila and others. (Rashtriya Seva Dal was the service wing of the Indian National Congress during the independence movement) (photo courtesy R. Shyamala)
S. Manjubhashini was active in the Indian freedom movement. Family stories abound about her deep commitment to the Swadeshi movement and the neighbourhood bonfires of British goods that she organized. She also founded Bala Mandir in 1948, one of the first orphanages of independent India.
R. Shyamala, A.V Lakshmi, E.R. Leela, N. Parameshwaran, R. Susheila, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, P. Swaminathan, N. Padma. (photo courtesy R. Vasantha)