Pink Sari Revolution: A Tale of Women and Power in India by Amana Fontanella-Khan


There is a female ‘gang’ to be reckoned with in India. This ‘gang’ is known as the Pink Sari Gang comprised of numerous women serving females in need of assistance and/or support. Their formidable leader and founder, the memorable Sampat Pal.


The book explains the flagrant corruption in politics and law enforcement, the ill treatment of women, and the poverty suffered by provincial citizens. These deep rooted issues have been plaguing India for some time, nothing new to the reader or anyone aware of India.

Sampat Pal is memorable. We learn of her as well as her story in the creation of her ‘gang.’ She’s brash, lacking a filter and often resorts to physical means. Arrogant and fearless, she uses her position and power to help others but her vigilante tactics leave you questioning her approach. I am thrilled women are being heard in India, there is a loud voice supporting women but the amount of aggression demonstrated leaves me asking Is this the ONLY way for females to be heard? The only means to achieve equality?

Interesting story, wonderful concept but you will question Sampat Pal as well as her tactics. I hope this is the beginning for women not only limited to India but world wide to be treated equally and their voices heard, encouraging the respect woman are due. Perhaps a brusque and forceful manner is the only way to break through the oppression females face, this juror is still deliberating.

Paperback, 284 pages
Published August 25th 2014 by W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN13: 9780393349474


8 thoughts on “Pink Sari Revolution: A Tale of Women and Power in India by Amana Fontanella-Khan

  1. Reminds me of a paper I read, by Steffen Jensen, “Gendered Connections: Politics, Brokers and Urban Transformation in Cape Town”. Somewhat related to this I think, Jensen follows a female community leader in Cape Town, talking about power derived from using her various “wild” connections, but also pointing out that she is in an apt position to do so, only because of her gender which allows her to toe between tense relationships in a largely male domain. This is just in response to your question of whether violence is the only way for females to be heard. As you said, violence might not be the only way, but I think this case is also unique, since while the woman in Jensen’s article does not use violence per se, she wears it on her sleeves, threatening competitors with her connections with violent gangs.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s