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Women Against the Raj (Hardback)

Female Freedom Fighters in the Struggle for India's Independence and Partition

Military Women of History World History > Asia

By Chloƫ Gardner
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 256
Illustrations: 16 colour illustrations, 40 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781399066211
Published: 30th September 2024

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In British colonial India, the battlefield was not just for men. Picture a woman, sword aloft, chasing British officers on horseback, her fury palpable. Envision three teenage girls, cloaked in burqas, scaling prison walls to proudly raise the Indian flag. Witness a sixty-year-old widow, unflinching in the face of danger, staring down the barrel of a gun. Imagine two sixteen-year-old girls turned assassins, and housewives wielding cooking pots against British soldiers. Thousands of sari-clad women flooding the streets, placards in hand, demanding justice.

These extraordinary images defy the conventional narrative of the British Raj's downfall. Women Against the Raj unveils the hidden truths of British colonialism's impact on the Indian subcontinent, highlighting the pivotal role women played in the fight for independence.

Through the stories of over a hundred women from diverse backgrounds, this book shatters misconceptions and celebrates the indomitable spirit of female revolutionaries. From protests to boycotts, from hunger strikes to acts of defiance, these women stood as equals alongside their male counterparts, determined to free their land and empower all women.

Their names deserve to be etched alongside Mahatma Gandhi's, for their courage and sacrifice are equally profound. Each page resonates with tales of resilience and bravery, inspiring readers to stand up against oppression, just as these women did nearly a century ago. Women Against the Raj is a testament to women’s enduring power of determination and solidarity in the face of tyranny.

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About Chloƫ Gardner

Chloë Gardner is a PhD candidate in Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh, focussing on gender, sexuality, nationalism, and interreligious relations in India. She is the Director of Outreach at The Remedial Herstory Project, an international non-profit working to get women's history into school curriculums. Chloë runs her own history blog and Instagram account, @herstoryrevisited, where she loves to share the stories of women from across time and place who have inspired her. She has also worked in a number of other equality and diversity-related roles in educational institutions and third-sector organisations. Chloë attributes her passion for history to growing up in the beautifully historic city of Edinburgh, her first love, although she is now based in Paisley where she lives with her fiancé, Shubham, and their beloved fur-baby, Bagheera.

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