"…this revolutionary women’s movement has not emerged overnight, nor has it emerged spontaneously merely from propaganda. The women’s movement has grown alongside the growth of armed struggle. Contrary to general opinion, the launching of armed struggle in the early 1980s by the communist revolutionary forces in various parts of the country, the militant struggle against feudal oppression, gave the confidence to peasant women to participate in struggles in large numbers and then to stand up and fight for their rights. Women who constitute the most oppressed among the oppressed, poor peasant and landless peasant women who have lacked not only an identity and voice but also a name, have become activists for the women’s organizations in their villages and guerrilla fighters. Thus, with the spread and growth of the armed struggle, the women’s mobilization and their organization have also grown, leading to the emergence of this revolutionary women’s movement, one of the strongest and most powerful in the country today. Yet it is unrecognized and ignored, a ploy of the ruling classes that will try to suppress any news and acknowledgement as long as it can."
-Anuradha Ghandy, The Revolutionary Women’s Movement in India