Women and Resistance in West Bengal and Bangladesh - 1967–1971
Louise Harrington
University of Alberta, Canada 

This paper explores the transgressive actions of militant women in both the Naxalite movement in India during the years 1967 to 1971 and in the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. In its discussion of the active militancy of particular women it thus counters the many scholarly discussions of women as only passive victims in these conflicts. Through an engagement with depictions of such women in cultural production, this paper concludes that even despite their heroism women involved in terrorist deeds are consistently rendered as a bodily space of signification and that their involvement in acts of torture and murder is inevitably met with retributive subjection to sexual violence. Two short stories in translation from the Bengali language will be employed to illustrate my discussion, “Double War” by Selina Hossain and “Draupadi” by Mahasveta Devi.
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