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Women Martyrs of the Indian Maoist Struggle

Posted by celticfire84 on November 26, 2010

Women have been integral fighters in the Naxalite movement from the beginning

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 Martyrs

Naxalbari Martyrs

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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3 Responses to “Women Martyrs of the Indian Maoist Struggle”

  1. tikb said

    long live Indian Maoist Struggle. (From Turkey)

  2. celticfire said

    I think what is so tremendously inspiring about this is how these lives were transformed and liberated in many ways, and this was always the motivation for their continued struggle, and ultimate sacrifice. Certainly looking at the numbers is almost too much not to succumb with grief, but I am reminded that there are MILLIONS of lives in miserable subhuman conditions that need to know about these resistance struggles, and know that a genuinely liberated life is possible. So many stories of illiterate women rising up and becoming important leaders in the revolutionary struggle.

  3. Thank you my dearest sisters from Chattisgarh. Your struggle will never be forgotten. You are like Mother India for me. I deeply respect you. No Hindu Goddes, diety are honourable, barve or devine like you all, fighting with barvery, yet with a smile on your faces. I thank you with my deepest gratitude and love.
    I am your older brother, have suffered great humiliations as well from the upeer caste Hindua. I want to join you soon, if not on earth but definitely in Gods paradise where you will be the angels of love.

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