Pink Sari Revolution by Amana Fontanella-Khan
A Tale of Women and Power in India

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Pink Sari Revolution is a powerful account of the Pink Gang’s development told through the story of Pal and one of those she helps, Sheelu Nishad...
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A triumphant portrait of a fiery sisterhood changing the lives of India's women.


In Uttar Pradesh—known as the "badlands" of India—a woman’s life is not entirely her own. This is one explanation for how Sheelu, a seventeen-year-old girl, ended up in jail after fleeing her service in the home of a powerful local legislator. In a region plagued by corruption, an incident like this might have gone unnoticed—except that it captured the attention of Sampat Pal, leader of India’s infamous Gulabi (Pink) Gang.

Poor and illiterate, married off around the age of twelve, pregnant with her first child at fifteen, and prohibited from attending school, Sampat Pal has risen to become the courageous commander and chief of a women’s brigade numbering in the tens of thousands. Uniformed in pink saris and carrying pink batons, they aim to intervene wherever other women are victims of abuse or injustice. Joined in her struggle by Babuji, a sensitive man whose intellectualism complements her innate sense of justice, and by a host of passionate field commanders, Sampat Pal has confronted policemen and gangsters, officiated love marriages, and empowered women to become financially independent.


In a country where women’s rights struggle to keep up with rapid modernization, the story of Sampat Pal and her Pink Gang illuminates the thrilling possibilities of female grassroots activism.

 

About Amana Fontanella-Khan

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Amana Fontanella-Khan is a contributor to Slate, the Daily Beast, the New York Times, and the Christian Science Monitor, and was formerly a contributing editor at Vogue India. Previously based in Mumbai, she now lives in Brussels.
 
Published August 5, 2013 by W. W. Norton & Company. 306 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Law & Philosophy, History, Religion & Spirituality, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Apr 22 2013

A maze of political intrigue, personal melodrama, and feminist activism unfolds in this account of the Pink Gang, a band of Indian women clad in pink saris and carrying pink sticks, who operate both as vigilantes and saviors of abused women.

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Kirkus

Good
on May 04 2013

...they, and especially Pal, established themselves as a social and political force to be reckoned with...As delightful as it is intelligent and important.

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Financial Times

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Reviewed by Anita Sethi on Aug 09 2013

Pink Sari Revolution is a powerful account of the Pink Gang’s development told through the story of Pal and one of those she helps, Sheelu Nishad...

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Meenakshi Venkat on Aug 05 2013

Amana Fontanella-Khan is a talented writer from the Indian subcontinent to watch out for. Pink Sari Revolution is riveting, inspiring, and relevant.

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