The book describes the ways in which the women’s involvement in 19th century Indian renaissance, early liberalising trend, in politics inspired by Gandhi and the satyagraha he launched, eventually eroded the restrictive social practices of the time such as purdah, gender segregation and norms of respectability. It explores Gandhiji’s demand of obligation and public participation and narrates the events processes and dynamics of women, making significant contribution to the areas including constructive works, prison experiences, songs and writings, cotton spinning and underground activities.
Dr. Soma Chand is now Associate Professor and Head of the Post Graduate Department of History, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. She is a well-known author of a number of research books in Modern India/Odishan History. Also she is a litterateur of high order with creative talent in poetry, short-story and translation work.