Netizens remark “Rest In Power” as feminist activist Kamla Bhasin passes away at 75. Bhasin took her last breath at 3 AM today, after a months-old cancer diagnosis. The news was shared by activist Kavita Srivastava on her Twitter handle.
Kamla Bhasin, our dear friend, passed away around 3am today 25th Sept. This is a big setback for the women's movement in India and the South Asian region. She celebrated life whatever the adversity. Kamla you will always live in our hearts. In Sisterhood, which is in deep grief pic.twitter.com/aQA6QidVEl
— Kavita Srivastava (@kavisriv) September 25, 2021
Calling herself as ‘The Midnight Generation’, a reference to the generation of Indians born around the time of independence, ‘at the stroke of the midnight hour..’; Bhasin was born on April 24, 1946, as the fourth out of six children to a doctor father and a homemaker mother. Above all, growing up around villages in India made Bhasin an acute observer of rural women’s issues.
Initially smooth, her connubiality eventually got sour after incidents of domestic abuse and infidelity by her spouse. Above all, her greatest loss was the death of her adult daughter. Later, her son became disabled after a vaccine reacted badly.
BHASIN ON FEMINISM
With her works focused on gender, education, and human development, Bhasin was a globally recognized feminist. After quitting her job at the UN in 2002, she began to work full-time on Sangat – A Feminist Network. Known as a proficient writer for penning down ‘Kyunki main ladki hoon, mujhe padhna hai’, Bhasin’s voice had transformed the society-constricted muliebrity into the iron armour of India.
Therefore, for Bhasin, feminism has always been more of a battle between ideologies rather than men and women. In addition to rejecting the notion of feminism to have western roots, she strongly believed that Indian feminism had its own set of struggles.
With translation done into 30 languages, most importantly, her writings include ‘Borders & Boundaries: Women in India’s Partition’, ‘Understanding Gender’, and ‘What Is Patriarchy?’.
Read here | “WE, WOMEN, ARE LIKE ROOTS” BY KAMLA BHASIN
Above all, she took feminism to an entirely different level when she penned down books with titles ‘Satrangi Ladke’ and ‘Satrangi Ladkiyan’ with the idealogy that no two boys or girls are alike.
Moreover, this statement was expounded by Bhasin herself in an interview with The Hindu. Read it here.
REST IN POWER: ACTIVIST KAMLA BHASIN PASSES AWAY AT 75
Meanwhile, Manish Sisodia shared a powerful piece penned down by Bhasin expressing his deepest condolences on Bhasin’s death.
Deeply saddened by the demise of #KamlaBhasin ji. She was a stalwart of the women's movement in India.
My deepest condolences to her family and her loved ones. She will always remain an inspiration for many of us. pic.twitter.com/heuDhdaC5S
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) September 25, 2021
Above all, the netizens expressed their condolence upon the death of an ebullient social scientist, a phronetic feminist activist, in addition to being a stalwart of the women’s movement as Bhasin by remarking “Rest In Power”.
Rest in Power, dear Kamla Bhasin 🌸 https://t.co/Jdj3rDqVt1
— Shristi Kafle (@KafleShristi) September 25, 2021
#KamlaBhasin, teacher, mentor and now grandteacher and grandmentor to our next generation, shall miss your music, your poetry, your resilience & most of all the warmth that you infused in all our feminist work.
The lil one remembers you today & always, your legacy shall live on. pic.twitter.com/pgStcwTZ4I
— Pooja Priyamvada (She/Her) (@SoulVersified) September 25, 2021