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Commemorating the 58th anniversary of Independence

8 Sep 2005

In Celebration and Reflection of the 58th Anniversary of South Asia's Independence from Colonialism

We cordially invite you to

Bheeter Bahe Muktidhara/The Stream Within

A documentary
about women in the Indian freedom struggle

Followed by a Panel Discussion on

New Challenges for Women's Movements in South Asia


Elora Chowdhury, Rakshanda Saleem, and Nandini Manjrekar



The Bush Room (10-110), MIT, Cambridge, MA

Light refreshments will be served

About the Film (54 mins):

This documentary covers major events in the freedom struggle from 1928 to 1947 through the memories of seven women.  These seven had been in leadership roles during the freedom struggle against the British, but had to retreat from the public sphere once Independence was achieved. Among them are three women from an indigenous community and, one upper class Muslim woman who along with her husband chose to live and work in a village in response to a call from Mahatma Gandhi.  The film is in Hindi/Gujarati/Marathi and with English subtitles. Dir. Utkarsh Mazumdar

About the Panelists:

Elora Chowdhury is Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at UMass Boston. Her research looks at the dynamics of NGO politics, women's activism, state policies, and foreign aid in the "development" of Bangladesh.

Rakshanda Saleem is a local activist with organizations working for social and economic justice causes, including Pakistani Activists for Gender Equality and South Asian Committee for Human Rights.  In her spare time, she works as a neuropsychologist.

Nandini Manjrekar teaches at the Women's Studies Research Centre, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda.  She works on issues of gender and education in India, and is currently a visiting scholar in the Program in Women's Studies at MIT.  She has been active in women's and civil liberties movements in India.

Event Sponsored by:

The Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia
The South Asia Forum at MIT
South Asian Women Together
The Program in Women's Studies at MIT

The event is open to public.

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The Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia was formed in 1993 to combat rising religious intolerance in South Asia and to campaign for peace and justice in the region. We are committed to working towards a just, non-violent resolution of the crisis we are currently living through. If you are interested in joining us in this work, please call 617-983-3934 or e-mail

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