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Inspiring Woman Of The Week

Posted: April 1, 2013

Crusading for equality and justice, Meena Kandasamy is one of the boldest voices of the angry, young Indian woman today.

Meena Kandasamy describes herself as a poet, writer, translator and activist. Her sparkling eyes convey her zest for life, while her fiery words tackle social injustices unreservedly. Drawing her inspiration from iconic writer Kamala Das, Meena writes about feminism and casteism.

Meena holds a PhD in Linguistics and has published two poetry collections, namely Touch and Ms Militancy. She is currently working on her first novel, The Gypsy Goddess. She has participated in several prestigious literary festivals around the globe and has also been associated with leading international educational institutions worldwide.

The oppression meted out to the weaker factions of society – such as the discrimination that Dalits face in their everyday lives and the cruelty that many Sri Lankan Tamils suffer from – are some of the causes that are close to Meena’s heart.

Why we find her inspiring:

– For carving  her own identity as an educated, courageous, well-informed and progressive Indian woman

– For not hesitating to state her beliefs loudly and clearly

– For sticking to her guns despite threats and harassment

*Photo source: www.meenakandasamy.com.

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