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Kamla Bhasin Biography, Wiki, Age, Career, Death, Cause Of Death, Net Worth & More | Who Was Kamla Bhasin? Bio

Who was Kamla Bhasin?

Kamla Bhasin (24 April 1946 – 25 September 2021) was an Indian developmental feminist activist, poet, author, and social scientist. Bhasin’s work, which began in 1970, focused on gender, education, human development, and the media. She lived in New Delhi, India. 

She was best known for her work with Sangat – A Feminist Network and for her poem Kyunki main ladki hoon, mujhe padhna hai. In 1995, she recited a refurbished, feminist version of the popular poem Azadi (Freedom) in a conference. She was also the South Asia coordinator of One Billion Rising.

Feminist activist Kamla Bhasin passes away after prolonged battle with cancer

Renowned feminist activist Kamla Bhasin passed away in the early hours of Saturday after battling cancer. She was 75. Born in 1946 in Shahidanwaali village in Punjab (now in Pakistan), Bhasin’s appeal lay in her ability to talk to a roomful of “anybodys”, as she once said — diplomats, television audience, feminists or children. The underlying message — imparted to suit the audience listening to her — was always one of gender justice.

After working with a rural non-governmental organisation called Seva Mandir based in Udaipur for four years, Bhasin joined the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 1976 — a job she retired from in 2002.

In 2004, she set up Sangat, a South Asian Feminist Network supported by Delhi-based feminist resource group Jagori that Bhasin set up with other feminists including Abha Bhaiya, Runu Chakravarty, Gauri Choudhury, Sheba Chhacchi, Manjari Dingwaney, and Joginder Panghaal in 1984.

Kamla Bhasin Biography, Wiki

Kamla Bhasin was born in Shahidaanwali village in Gujrat district of Punjab(now in Pakistan) in the year 1946, a year prior to the Independence of India, due to which she often referred to herself as ‘The Midnight Generation’, which referred to the generation of Indians who were born around the time of independence.

Her father was a doctor in Rajasthan, but she grew up around villages, which also helped her understand the condition of women in villages and hardships faced by them. She completed her graduation and post graduation in Rajasthan and after earning a fellowship, went to the University of Münster, West Germany, where she studied Sociology of Development.

After teaching for a year in Germany, she came back to India and started working for Seva Mandir, where she recognized the discrimination going on in the country due to the caste system and the ideology of patriarchy being followed by people all over the country. It was at Seva Mandir, where she met her future husband, the late journalist and activist Baljit Malik.

Born24 April 1946
Shaheedanwali, Mandi Bahauddin, Punjab, British India
(now in Punjab, Pakistan)
Died25 September 2021 (aged 75)
Delhi, India
Occupationfeminist activist, poet, author
LanguageHindi, English
EducationMaster’s in Arts
Alma materRajasthan University, University of Münster
Notable worksBorders & Boundaries: Women in India’s Partition (book)

Kamla Bhasin Career

Work at United Nations

Bhasin then started working for Food and Cultural Organization, where she assisted innovative NGOs for the development of marginalised sections in South East Asia and South Asia. 

She later moved to Bangladesh in 1976 and worked with a rural public health organization, Gonoshashtya Kendra, where she met Zafrullah Chowdhury, who changed her perspective about lot of things.

Foundation Of Sangat: A feminist Network

She resigned from her job at UN in 2002, to devote her time completely to Sangat, A feminist network. While working for Sangat, she organized workshops and public awareness programmes to help women all across India and South Asia gain more knowledge about the ideology of feminism.

Sangat, since 1984, has organized, ‘Sangat Month Long Course’ for the schooling of females about women rights, gender equality, feminism, social justice, democracy, poetry etc.

She also worked with JAGORI, Women’s Resource and Training Centre, New Delhi and JAGORI Green in Himachal Pradesh. She also served as the Co-Chair of the worldwide network, Peace Women Across the Globe and South Asia Coordinator of One Billion Rising

Kamla Bhasin Personal Life

Bhasin met her husband(now ex) Late Baljit Malik, when she was working at Seva Mandir,Rajasthan. He was a journalist, an activist and just like Bhasin, an incredible Feminist, who suggested her that their children take both their surnames.

However, things turned butter between them after acts of domestic violence and infidelity by Bhasin’s husband. Bhasin lost her daughter, who took her own life after battling with depression. She had a son who became disabled due to the bad reaction of a Vaccine.

Kamla Bhasin Books

She has written books on issues of gender, justice and ideologies of patriarchy and feminism, which now assist NGOs in creating awareness among people and giving them a better view of the concepts. Some of her famous books are:

  • Laughing Matters (co-authored with Bindia Thapar)
  • Borders and Boundaries: Women in India’s Partition
  • Understanding Gender
  • Understanding Masculinity
  • What is Patriarchy?
  • Feminism and it’s relevance in South Asia

Other than these classic books, she is also known for her famous poems, ‘Kyunki Mai Ladki Hoon, Mujhe Padhna Hai’ and ‘Umadti Ladkiyan’.  She was also awarded ‘Laadli Lifetime Achievement Award’ for her work.

Kamla Bhasin Death

Kamla Bhasin died on September 25th, 2021. As per the tweet of famous activist Kavita Srivastava, Bhasin took her last breath at around 3am. Reportedly, she was diagnosed with cancer few months back. 

Kamla Bhasin is also considered to bring first the chants of ‘Azadi’ to India, which as told to The Quint by her,  she first heard by Pakistani Feminists who used them to oppose the Zia-Ul-Haq regime.

She will be remembered as a firm, bold and outspoken torchbearer of Feminism, Equality and Justice, who not only followed these ideals throughout her life,but also inspired others to adopt them and make the world an egalitarianl place to live in.

Kamla Bhasin FAQ’s

Who was Kamla Bhasin?

Kamla Bhasin (24 April 1946 – 25 September 2021) was an Indian developmental feminist activist, poet, author, and social scientist. Bhasin’s work, which began in 1970, focused on gender, education, human development, and the media. She lived in New Delhi, India. 

How did Kamla Bhasin die?

Kamla Bhasin died on September 25th, 2021. As per the tweet of famous activist Kavita Srivastava, Bhasin took her last breath at around 3am. Reportedly, she was diagnosed with cancer few months back. 

Who was Kamla Bhasin husband?

Bhasin met her husband(now ex) Late Baljit Malik, when she was working at Seva Mandir,Rajasthan. He was a journalist, an activist and just like Bhasin, an incredible Feminist, who suggested her that their children take both their surnames.

 

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