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A poem for International Women's Day

8 March 2018

Sumita Mukherjee reads 'The Pardah Nashin' for International Women's Day 2018.

To mark International Women's Day and the centenary of (some) women's suffrage in the UK, Dr Sumita Mukherjee, Senior Lecturer in History, reads 'The Pardah Nashin' by Sarojini Naidu.

Sarojini Naidu published three books of poems, written in English, in the early 20thcentury. She was also a leading campaigner for Indian independence and votes for women in India.

Dr Mukherjee's research focuses on the movement of men and women from the Indian subcontinent to other parts of the world, and also their return back to India, as well as the activities of Indian campaigners for the female vote. Her first book, Nationalism, Education and Migrant Identities: The England-Returned, was published in 2009. Her current research will appear as the book, Indian Suffragettes: Female Identities and Transnational Networks, from Oxford University Press, later this year.

Further information

This reading is part of the Commemorative Poem Initiative run by the Bristol Poetry Institute. More detailed information about Sumita Mukherjee's research can be found here and here. For more information about International Women's Day visit

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