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PAPPA UMANATH A Symbol of Courage and Commitment

Brinda Karat Pappa Umanath, a revolutionary communist, inspirational and courageous leader, a member of the CPI(M) Central Committee, and one of the founders of the All India Democratic Women’s Association, passed away on December 17 in a hospital in Tiruchy at the age of 81. When her companion and partner of the last over 60 years, Comrade R Umanath, frail but strong, stood by Pappa’s grave raising his fist in a last moving red salute, thousands of men and women who had come to bid farewell to her, could not hold back their tears. Her grave lies in the very area where, as a 11 year old child,...

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HOMAGE TO PAPPA UMANATH Long Live Ponmalai Pappa!

The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) expresses deep sorrow over the demise of its patron and founder member Comrade Pappa Umanath at Trichy on 17th December 2010, after a brief illness. She was 81 years old.She was a towering leader of the women’s movement in Tamil Nadu, who had inspired innumerable young women to become activists of AIDWA. Her long and relentless battle against women’s oppression and for the rights of the working people continued till the last days of her life. Although she was not keeping good health, which impaired her ability to travel, Pappa remained activ...

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Tribute To Moturu Udayam

BUILDER of the women's movement in Andhra Pradesh and honorary president of Andhra Pradesh Mahila Sangham, Comrade Moturu Udayam passed away on March 31, 2002 at about 5:45 p.m. in Vijayawada. She was 78. She was ailing for the last four years. She is survived by two daughters, Dr.Tanya and Dr.Usha. Com. Udayam was the wife of veteran CPI(M) leader Com. Moturu Hanumantha Rao, who passed away recently. Com. Udayam was born on October 13, 1924 at Turumella village in Guntur district. Hailing from a communist family, she married Com MH and along with him spent underground life during the period o...

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Public Reception for Capt. Lakshmi Sahgal

THE air of excitement outside the constitution club on June 26 was palpable. The entrance to the hall and the portico was jam-packed and as soon as Capt. Lakshmi Sahgal arrived, slogans of "Capt. Lakshmi Zindabad!", "Rashtrapati pad ke liye pehli mahila ummidwar Capt. Lakshmi Zindabad!" rent the air. The time was 11.30 a m and the occasion was the women’s reception for the first woman presidential candidate, Capt. Lakshmi Sahgal, jointly-organised by the NFIW and AIDWA. Capt. Lakshmi was escorted into the packed hall, which soon started over-flowing. Many participants had to sit on the floor,...

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Capt. Lakshmi Sahgal

IT was a very special meeting of the central executive committee of AIDWA that was held in Kanpur, UP on October 16-17, 2004. Kanpur, home to Capt Lakshmi Sahgal, was selected as a venue because CEC members wanted to celebrate the fact that Capt Lakshmi Sahgal, veteran freedom fighter and one of its founders was going to complete 90 years of an eventful life much of which has been spent in the service of the country and of the poor, especially poor women a few days later on October 24. In the late evening of October 16, after the day's business ended, Capt Lakshmi joined the CEC members for a...

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AIDWA Condoles Death of Kanak Mukherjee

The following statement was issued by AIDWA president, Subhashini Ali on March 9, 2005 THE All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) deeply mourns the passing away of one of its founders, a veteran of the women's movement and the communist movement of our country, Comrade Kanak Mukherjee. Kanak di, as she was affectionately known all over the country, died on March 9, after being seriously ill for several days in Kolkata at the age of 83. Kanak di was born in Jessore, now in Bangladesh, on December 30, l931. When she was barely 18, she organised a girl students association and became an...

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A Revolutionary Life Of Struggle & Sacrifice, Dr. Capt. Lakshmi Sahgal

LAKSHMI SAHGAL was born Lakshmi Swaminadhan on October 24, l914 in what was then still called Madras. Her father was Dr S Swaminadhan, a brilliant and leading lawyer practising criminal law at the Madras High Court. Her mother was A V Ammukutty, a social worker, freedom fighter and tireless campaigner for women's rights, who successfully contested elections to the Madras Municipal Corporation, the Constituent Assembly, the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. She also served as national president of the All India Women's Conference. As a young girl, Lakshmi participated enthusiastically in nationalist p...

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