Edited By Leela Gulati
These aren’t only stories of victims, it could be the stuff of fiction. Like the 90-year-old woman who decides to become a sati, but wonders why her daughter-in-law has not turned up for the event. The daughter-in-law does not mince words. You’re buying your ticket to heaven, she tells her, but what happens when the police come with handcuffs? There are other recognisable characters like Tagore or the Syrian Christian patriarch. ‘The personal is political’ isn’t just an empty slogan. It is the most important insight that the women’s movement has contributed to the world. Here, the boundaries between the personal and the political constantly overlap, lending nuance and depth to their narratives.