As I write, people are gathering to pay homage to the young woman whose brutal rape and tragic death infused new life into struggles against violence in India. There are candles, songs, poems, tears, pledges. There is an affirmation of purpose. There is a determination to stay on for the long haul, to keep the commitment alive, to confront and challenge all forms of violence. There is a new slogan: “Freedom without Fear”. There is energy. And there is hope.
Long live the struggle. Zindabad.
Kalyani is a feminist researcher and activist whose work explores the impacts of neoliberal economic policies on women. She has contributed to critiques of urbanisation policies in India and is closely involved with struggles against eviction and dispossession of the working poor in Delhi. She has written and campaigned extensively on issues of violence against women, particularly state violence and its linkage with economic policies. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://feministsindia.com/