Bhasin was suffering from cancer. She died on Saturday morning.
By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sohini Goswami, New Delhi
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 25, 2021 10:28 AM IST
Kamla Bhasin, famous feminist activist and author, died Saturday morning. The author and poet, 75, was fighting cancer.
Bhasin, who had emerged as one of the most charismatic and prominent leaders of the women’s movement in India and other South Asian countries in the 1970s, always maintained that feminism was not a war between men and women but a war of ideologies. “One who uplifts men and gives them power, and the other who advocates equality! she said.
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His fellow activist Kavita Srivastava said that Bhasin “celebrated life regardless of adversity”. “Kamla Bhasin, our dear friend, passed away around 3 am today September 25th. This is a big setback for the women’s movement in India and the South Asian region. She celebrated life regardless of adversity. Kamla you will always live in our hearts. In Sisterhood, who is in deep grief, ”Srivastava wrote on Twitter.
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Best known for her work with Sangat: A Feminist Network and her poem “Kyunki main ladki hoon, mujhe padhna hai”, Bhasin wore several hats and her accomplishments were numerous. She was also a sociologist and development professional and South Asia coordinator of One Billion Rising Of Women.
In an article for the Hindustan Times, she wrote: “Changing that mindset requires a cultural tsunami. Before ending violence against women, we must demolish countless religious, cultural and linguistic practices that are considered normal. For example, words like ‘pati’ and ‘swami’ for husbands should disappear. These words mean “master” or “owner”. In free India, an adult woman cannot – and should not – have an owner. There are many other similar words and phrases that humiliate and insult women. They too must be purged from our consciousness. “