"[T]he revolutionary women’s movement [of India] is growing in the midst of struggle… As women are getting mobilized and organized in larger and larger numbers, a section of them is also moving forward to join the armed struggle as fighters. They are willing to brave the hardships of guerrilla life with its constant movement and constant alertness, take on tasks and duties equal to men, with the aim of changing this exploitative society, for there is no other way to get out of the existing system, however long and arduous the path may be. The movement is creating a new woman, bold and brave, who is willing to sacrifice her life for the social cause — the names of the women who have sacrificed thus loom high in the sky. There was Rathakka (Nirmala), the housewife from Andhra Pradesh, who died at the sentry post while defending her comrades, Emeshwari (Kamala), the Oraon educated girl from Jagdalpur, who died at her post during a raid on a police station, young Raje who died of a snake bite, Swaroopa who died giving a heroic fight in an encounter. This list can go on. But they are fighting so that women can be unshackled and attain equality, so that the poor can get justice and India can become a truly independent country, free from imperialist exploitation."
— Anuradha Ghandy, The Revolutionary Women’s Movement in India; Scripting the Change p. 226