Samruddhi Foundation has organised an interaction titled ‘Saluting Lotika Sarkar, Vina Mazumdar and Sharmila Rege: A tribute to their life and work’ today at 6 pm at Maneyangala in Kalamandira here.

Prof. R.Indira, Department of Sociology, University of Mysore; Dr. H.M.Hemalatha, Dept. of Women’s Studies, Karnataka State Women’s University and Dr. G.Shanthi, Faculty of Vivekananda Institute for Leadership Development, will speak on the life and works of the three scholar-activists.

Prof. Rameshwari Varma, former Director, Centre of Women’s Studies, University of Mysore, will preside.

The three eminent scholar-activists, who passed away recently, have left an indelible mark on the struggle for gender justice in India. Prof. Lotika Sarkar, Prof. Vina Mazumdar and Prof. Sharmila Rege were pioneers in the movement for not only creating a space for a gender sensitive academia, but also blending academics with activism.

Lotika Sarkar, who passed away on Feb. 23 at the age of 91 years, was a faculty of Law at Delhi University and the Indian Law Institute. She was the first Indian woman to graduate from Cambridge University and the first woman to receive a doctoral degree in law from that University. A teacher who blended academics with social concerns, Lotika Sarkar played a stellar role in charting the course of women’s studies and gender just judiciary in India.

Vina Mazumdar, the doyen of Indian women’s movement and architect of the first report on the ‘Status of Women in India’ was the Founder Director of the Centre for Women’s Development Studies, Delhi. A prolific writer, a profound scholar and a humane activist, Vina Mazumdar passed away on May 30 at the age of 86 years.

Sharmila Rege, who passed away on July 13 at the age of 48 years, was a sociologist and a feminist scholar whose seminal works on the inter-relation between caste and gender opened up the gender based marginalisation debate to issues of caste, religion and sexuality. As Head of the Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women’s Studies Centre at the University of Pune, she blended activism with academics and emerged as the voice for subaltern rights.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore