A Rebel and Her Cause

A Rebel and Her Cause: The Life and Work of Rashid Jahan by Rakhshanda Jalil  from Women Unlimited.

Despite a brief and slender literary career, Rashid Jahan blazed like a meteor in  the progressive firmament of pre-and post-Independence India. Doctor, writer, political activist, crusading member of the Communist Party of India, Rashid Jahan was radical in a way that defied all expectations -- from her social class, her comrades, her peers and colleagues.

In a remarkably perceptive, richly detailed account of this pioneering woman, Rakhshanda Jalil offers readers an unusual document: a warm and informed biography -- based on archival material, extensive interviews and critical commentaries -- together with fine translations of Rashid Jahan's best known stories and plays.

Through a subtle counterpointing of Rashid Jahan's political purpose with her literary and professional skills and sensibility, Jalil paints an arresting portrait of a woman deeply and passionately engaged with the great debates of her time: fascism, imperialism, nationalism, socialism and feminism.  This intense engagement is reflected in every facet of her life and literature, as they unfold here in vivid and compelling prose.

In our Biography section, Rs. 395, in paperback, xx+246 pages, ISBN: 9788188965861