Exploring Women's Revolutionary Activism In The Making Of The Indian Nation (Middlesex Unit Event)

Wednesday, 24 March 2021 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT

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Wednesday, 24 March 2021 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT


This event is hosted by the Middlesex County Unit.

New to a Unit event? NASW-NJ has 12 volunteer-led, county-based Units that hold regional events around the state of New Jersey for members in that area. (However due to the public health emergency, Unit events will be held virtually until further notice!) These events are planned and coordinated by an appointed volunteer Chair and Co-Chair, as well as a Regional Representative from NASW-NJ’s Board of Directors. The Middlesex Unit Chairs are Tina Maschi (tmaschi59@gmail.com) and Vimmi Kaumil (vimmisurti@gmail.com), and the Central Regional Representative is Caelin McCallum, MSW (cae.mcc@gmail.com).

Unit events are a fun, informative way to grow your network near your home or workplace. These events are one of the many benefits of NASW-NJ membership, but we do invite all mental health professional to join us at this meeting. Learn more about our Units here.





Indian history portrays the Indian independence movement as a triumphal history of nonviolence, but there is ample evidence that armed struggle was used consistently against the British. That large numbers of women along with men participated in India’s fight for independence against British rule is also a historical fact. Yet, despite the vast literature on the independence movement, women’s engagement with violence in the early twentieth century is still relatively unknown.
In this talk, I highlight this neglected narrative by drawing upon archival documents, visual artifacts, and cinematic representations. I analyze the gendered nature of nationalism in India by tracing the stories of individual women and their political participation in nationalist activities. I analyze the impact of women’s engagement with violence, their negotiations of the “ideals of Indian womanhood,” particularly their symbolic representation as “mothers of the nation.”


Speaker:   Dr. Shahin Kachwala

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Unit Leaders - Tina Maschi (tmaschi59@gmail.com) and Vimmi Kaumil (vimmisurti@gmail.com)

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About Dr Shahin Kachwala