December 8, 2023


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The colour of justice

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Anita Sethi reviews The Pink Sari Revolution, which takes a peek inside an Indian activist group fighting for women’s rights (FT). 

In India, explains Amana Fontanella-Khan, “each colour is saddled with political or religious associations”. Sampat Pal was certainly conscious of working from a restricted palette when, in 2005, she deliberated over the uniform for her fledgling group of women’s rights activists. As elsewhere, red was employed by socialists and green by Muslims; orange belonged to Hindus and blue to the lower-caste Bahujan Samaj party. But pink, she realised, had not been claimed.

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