Wednesday, October 15, 2008

#199, Women freedom-fighters

It is fashionable to claim Swami Vivekananda as a great patriot.

It is also fashionable to say "Look at the great good Swamiji accomplished in 40 short years, and you will get a sense of the greatness of the man." .

As already repeated by me in my blog posts, I again hold on to say that "Swamiji's greatness was blown up beyond proportions". Let us see how common women contributed to the freedom of India:


Jayanti Sanghvi She sacrificed her life at the age of 19. She participated in Quit India Movement 1942. She lost her life when tear gas shells struck her.

Jyotirmayi Gangooli: She sacrificed her life at an age of 55. She abandoned her Government job. She participated in Non-cooperation movement. Later, she joined Ajad Hind Fouz (Indian National Army founded by Netaji Subas Chandra Bose). She was one of the agitators when military trucks attacked them. She was trodded by the military trucks.

Kanakalata Baruva Sacrificed her life at the age of 14. Died in police firing. She was holding the freedom flag in her hands at the time of her death. She was one of those who demonstrated at Gohepan Police Station.

Matangini Hazra: She sacrificed her life at Tamulk, Midnapore, Bengal, at a ripe age of 73 in 1937. She chose a Gandhian path. At the time of her death, she was leading a black flag march against the Bengal Governor, Jack Anderson.

Pritilata. She sacrificed her life at an age of 21 at Chittagong (now in Bangla Desh) in 1933. She was participating in an attack on a European Club. She died by consuming Potassium Cyanide.

*Was it not easy to preach some metaphysical philosophy to drunken aristocractic women sitting in gardens and resorts?
*Was it not easy to get hold of big bugs and run shows? (See my post No. 052 in labels)
*Was it not easy to get away from Calcutta when the season of Plague was on? (See my post No. 46).
*Was it not easy to go to Bangalore and Ootacamund (Ooty) to pass summer? (See my post No. 020 in labels)
*Was it not easy to build monasteries with foreigners' money, build guest rooms for them and entertain them with shad fish and turtles?
*Was it not easy to flatter native rulers, supply them tiger skins and lion cubs, and arrange receptions to them when they return after a visit to England for participating in the Victoria Silver Jubilee. (The funniest part is: Vivekananda blamed everybody of servitude to British.)

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