The article “Her early voice” (Sept. 22) offers a glimpse into the life of Krupabai. While I appreciate the writer’s talent in sketching the life of one of the most talented women of India, I wish to point out a sentence in the article — “Interestingly, despite being Christian, her New Woman is basically any Indian woman in a rapidly changing social situation” — which raises a question. Krupabai’s life bears testimony to the fact that an Indian woman, of any religion or caste, can be independent and can fight patriarchal values.

A Christian woman in India is an Indian woman in every sense. The sentence mars the spirit of secularism.

Nithya Mariam John,

Kottayam

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