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Meet Sushila Devi, The Unwavering Voice Behind Raithal's Women

Sarpanch Sushila Devi Rana of Raithal in Uttarakhand wants women of her male-dominated village to fight patriarchy and move forward

Raithal Sarpanch Sushila Devi Rana Photo: Sushila Devi Rana

My visit to the heritage-rich Raithal village in Uttarkashi turned into an enlightening experience when I met the village women. In traditional attire, yet flaunting smartphones in their hands, they reflected the confluence of tradition and modernity. Coming from an urban milieu, their unique appearance and even more unique concerns, such as how their goru or cows were not keeping well, left me wanting to know more.