Magazine article New Internationalist

Pink Sari Revolution

Magazine article New Internationalist

Pink Sari Revolution

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Pink Sari Revolution by Amana Fontanella-Khan (One World Publications ISBN 978-1-78074-312-7)

Heroes are usually 'nice'. Sampat Pal, founder of the Pink Gang - a 20,000-strong group of women who have taken India by storm, demanding justice and judicial accountability - is many things, but nice isn't one of them. She is headstrong, stubborn, pushy and arrogant. And she won't give up a fight. Corrupt politicians and police fear and despise her (she has, on occasion, attacked them with a stick to get her message across, and isn't averse to using humiliation and threats - whatever it takes). The poor and powerless adore her.

Pink Sari Revolution uses a recent case championed by the Pink Gang, of a young girl falsely accused of stealing from a powerful politician in Uttar Pradesh, as a device to recount the lowly beginnings of Sampat Pal and her transformation into a leading figure in the fight for women's empowerment. …

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