Women Martyrs of the Indian Maoist Struggle
Posted by D and I Consulting on November 26, 2010
From the blog Indian Vanguard we share this collection of biographies of the lives of women martyrs who participated in the first Naxalbari rebellion.
In the shining path of struggles and sacrifices
Women were mobilized in the Naxalbari (West Bengal) struggle. They attended villagemeetings and remained in the van of the demonstrations. Very often entire families joined themovement. Women confronted the police when the male activists went into hiding; they kept contact with the activists, while doing household work and looking after the field. Some youngactivists who learnt to use arms chased away the anti socials that molested women. There grew up a nucleus of militants.
After the murder of Wangdi, the male activists took shelter in the forests; the women activiststried to organise a meeting on 25th May 1967 at Prasadjote. The police fired on thedemonstration, killing seven women. Dhaneshwari Singh, Sanamati Singh, Pulmati Singh,Surabala Barman who were killed in police firing came from the Rajbansi Community. Dhaneshwari Singh was literate and became a leading activist and went to distant villages forcampaigning. Naganeshwari Mallick who was born in a Dhamal Community in 1944 married arefugee schoolteacher from East Pakistan. She worked hard as a sharecropper and collectedwood from the forests. Nayan was killed along with her child who was tied to her back.Samsai Saibani, a brave tribal girl was one of the leading organizers of the demonstration.These were the first (women) martyrs of the Naxalbari struggle.
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