Saturday, October 29, 2011
History of Armed Revolution - Women's partiipation;
Wife of Benimadhab Das, Sarala Devi was daughter of Madhusudan Sen, who after serving as secretary of Sadharan Brahmo Samaj at Kolkata shifted his base to Dhaka on retirement. She was actively involved in social welfare activities. He used to assist in the functioning of Sarala Punyashram an organisation she had set up for the assistance of destitute and helpless women.
Kalyani Das (Bhattacharya) and Bina Das (Bhaumik) were their daughters. Kalyani Das (1907-1983) was a leading social activist and revolutionary worker. She was one of the organisers of Chhatri Sangha and was secretary of Students’ Association. Apart from her political activities for which she went to jail, she was associated with Sarala Punyashram all her life.] Bina Das (1911-1986) shot into prominence when she fired her pistol at the governor of Bengal, Stanley Jackson, in 1932, at the annual convocation meeting of Calcutta University. The attempt failed but she was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment.
Girls in Action :
Until the beginning of the 1930s women did not take part in any revolutionary actions.Young girls was not satisfied with their studies only. They began to establish contact with secret groups.
In May 1931, however, Santi Ghosh and Suniti Choudhry, two Coomilla girls , flatly asked Subhas Chandra when he came to address a students' conference whether he would like girls in action. Subhas Chandra answered in the affirmative.