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Pink Sari Revolution

A Tale of Women and Power in India

by Amana Fontanella-Khan

Pink Sari Revolution
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  • First Published:
    Aug 2013, 304 pages
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    Aug 2014, 304 pages

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What happens when justice is not meted out through ordinary channels? Pink Sari Revolution explores how a group of women in north India have banded together to deliver their own brand of retribution.

In Pink Sari Revolution, journalist Amana Fontanella-Khan describes the creation of India's Gulabi ("Pink") Gang, a group of pink sari-wearing women in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh who band together to fight injustice in the state; and their charismatic founder and leader, Sampat Pal Devi. The book expands on the author's 2010 article in Slate magazine to paint a more complete picture of conditions in this part of India and the challenges faced by the women of the region.

Much of the book covers the life of the incredible Sampat Pal Devi, an assertive woman in her late 40s capable of inciting a crowd to action with her extraordinary rhetorical skills. It's remarkable that she rose to such fame, as the environment in which she was raised should have perpetuated the cycle of poverty and acceptance of discrimination she now fights against. Kairi, Sampat Pal's hometown is described...

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