Famous women’s rights activist, poet and author Kamla Bhasin passed away on Saturday. She was 75.
Activist Kavita Srivastava tweeted about her demise at around 3 am.
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 pic.twitter.com/aQA6QidVEl— Kavita Srivastava (@kavisriv) September 25, 2021
She was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago.
Bhasin was a prominent feminist in India and other South Asian countries.
Bhasin was born on April 24, 1946 in the district of Mandi Bahauddin, which is now in Pakistan, according to Dawn. After Partition, her family shifted to Rajasthan, India.
She graduated in Rajasthan and later studied sociology at the University of Münster in West Germany.
She worked with Udaipur-based NGO Seva Mandir, which works on rural development and women’s empowerment.
In 2002, she founded the South Asian feminist network Sangat, which works with underprivileged women from rural and tribal communities, The Indian Express reported.
Dearest Kamla, you’re dancing with the stars now, & hopefully with your Meeto. But your generous helpings of hope, song, irrepressible joy are gifts that will sustain feminists all over South Asia! On #IWD a few years ago, you introduced me to some girls with such warm praise ❤️ pic.twitter.com/at5HIbs3Nl— Kavita Krishnan (@kavita_krishnan) September 25, 2021
Bhasin wrote several books on gender norms, including What is Patriarchy, published in 1993. In 2020, she wrote the books Satrangi Ladke and Satrangi Ladkiyan, according to The Indian Express.
How to say 'Alvida'to you?— Apoorvanand अपूर्वानंद (@Apoorvanand__) September 25, 2021
Kamla Bhasin, dear friend, just passed away. Around 3am today, 25th Sept. A big setback for the women's movement. One of the pioneers of the movement, built the South Asian Feminist movement.
In Sisterhood, which is in deep grief.