Friday, 29 October 2010

A Suttee to Swaraj

Read here the story of Annapurna Devi who battled against caste oppression, patriarchy and the horrible condition of Indian women- except that, as a Kamma, morevover a Brahmo, she faced no caste oppression, no patriarchal fetters and, having burned up her expensive sarees and turned down the chance to join her hubby in America, clothed herself in khaddi, fell ill, and though tortured by bed-sores refused to relinquish that Nessus robe of flame, being cremated in it much to the approbation of the Gandhian nut-jobs of the period.
The British must have been laughing themselves silly.
No wonder they continued to rule till, finally, the Americans pulled the plug.

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