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Tue, 15 Oct 2019

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Google Doodle honours Bengali poet and activist Kamini Roy on 155th birth anniversary. Who was she?

Google Doodle honours Bengali poet and activist Kamini Roy on 155th birth anniversary. Who was she?
October 12
13:22 2019

NET Bureau

Google Doodle honoured Kamini Roy, the leading Bengali poet, educator, social worker and feminist in British India on her 155th birth anniversary today.

At a time in the country, when a woman’s role was restricted to taking care of the household chores and to marry, Kamini was determined to pursue education.

Kamini Roy was the first woman to graduate with honours in British India. She got a degree in Sanskrit from Bethune College, which helped her earn her BA with honours.

She was also interested in poetry from a very early age and when she became a teacher at Bethune she published her first book of poems called Alo O Chhaya in 1889.

She was also awarded the Jagattarini medal by Calcutta University in 1929, for her literary accomplishments.

Born in the Bakerganj district of British India (now part of Bangladesh) on October 12 in 1864, Kamini came from a prominent family. Her brother was elected Mayor of Calcutta, and her sister was a physician for Nepal’s Royal Family.

She became an active advocate for woman’s rights and even formed organisations that worked on causes that she believed in. Kamini Roy was one of the leaders of Bangiya Nari Samaj, which fought for women’s rights.

She was also one of the activists in India who helped advance feminism in the country. She even worked towards helping woman in Bengal win their right to vote in 1926. She died in 1933.

Source: India Today

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