Vibhuti Patel


Mandakini, known as “Ma” (Mother) to comrades in the Indian Naxalite cause, was a college-educated, outspoken and active leader during a time when women were simply not considered political agents, least of all leaders.

Friday, July 11, 2008 12:00 AM

Mandakini Narayan was born in 1925 in Bhavnagar, Gujarat. She grew up in Grant Road, Mumbai watching and listening to the political speeches of Gandhiji and other leaders at August Kranti Maidan. As a student of New Era School, she joined ‘Monkey Army" created by Usha Mehta. In 1942, she matriculated and joined Elphinston College at Churchgate, Mumbai.

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