She was fearless and fierce. India’s most iconic female poet, Amrita Pritam moved people with her writing on love, pain, and partition. She was a women’s rights champion but most of all someone who understood their expression and reflected it through her writings. She was unapologetically about her views, and she questioned subjugation of women through her writings and personal life, Amrit Kaur alias Amrita Pritam born in Gujranwala of Pakistan on August 31, 1919 was all that a woman wasn’t allowed or accepted to be in her times.

There are many stories which are not on paper, they are written in the minds and bodies of women

Amrita Pritam Quotes
Amrita Pritam Quotes

Between the truth and falsehood there is an empty space.

Indian men are still used to the traditional role given to women; they want intelligent girls for company but not to marry… they have yet to taste and relish the company of mature women.

Amrita Pritam Quotes
Amrita Pritam Quotes

When a man denies the power of women, he is denying his own subconscious.

She is considered the first prominent woman Punjabi poet, novelist, essayist and the leading 20th-century poet of the Punjabi language, who is equally loved on both sides of the India–Pakistan border.

“Once one daughter of Punjab wept and you wrote your long saga.  Today thousands weep, I am calling to you Waris Shah.” Pritam’s biggest work was her poem on Waris Shah. She is most remembered for this poignant poem, Ajj aakhaan Waris Shah nu (Today I invoke Waris Shah – “Ode to Waris Shah”), an elegy to the 18th-century Punjabi poet, an expression of her anger and breakdown over massacres during the partition of India. Known as the most important voice for the women in Punjabi literature, in 1956, she became the first woman to win the Sahitya Akademi Award for her magnum opus, a long poem.

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