Kamla Bhasin passes away: Eminent Indian women's rights activist Kamla Bhasin passed away on September 25. The 75-year-old writer and activist had been diagnosed with cancer a few months ago. Ever since the news of her passing broke numerous people have taken to social media to pay their tributes.
The news of Bhasin's demise was shared by activist Kavita Srivastava. "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," she tweeted.
Here are ten things to know about Kamla Bhasin:
1. Bhasin was born in 1946, to a family-based in Rajasthan.
2. Bhasin's father was a doctor.
3. She completed her MA from Rajasthan University, following which she went on to study Sociology of Development at Muenster University in West Germany on a fellowship.
4. She taught at the Orientation Centre of the German Foundation for Developing Countries in Bad Honnef after finishing her studies.
5. Upon returning from Germany, was working with Seva Mandir, before Bhasin joined Food and Agriculture Organisation, which sent her to Thailand to do gender training for women from South Asia.
6. She quit her job with the United Nations to devout her time to her South Asian feminist network SANGAT.
7. Kamla Bhasin's daughter Meeto Bhasin Malik died by suicide in 2006. According to Bhasin, her daughter had developed clinical depression and had stopped taking medication after some time.
8. Bhasin also has a son named Chotu, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy, brought on by a reaction to a vaccine when he was one-year-old.
9. Apart fro founding the organisation SANGAT Bhasin has authored many books- What Is Patriarchy, Exploring Masculinity, Borders and Boundaries: Women in India's Partition and Mitwa.
10. Bhasin is also known for her poem Kyunki main ladki hoon, mujhe padhna hai which advocates the right to education for young girls.