They had left their village homes to
join the class struggle. They were young. Some were,
so to speak, "born" to the party. Communist
party members were frequent (albeit clandestine) visitors
to their homes which acted as party 'shelters.' For
some, there were no restrictions but for others, it
wasn't easy. Daughters wanting to go into politics,
and that too underground politics? Never. Several were
severely beaten by their families. The women rebelled.
"One day we [my sister and I] felt
we had to see a meeting [of an underground party]. Where
were the meetings held? In our primary school, in our
village. We went there at night, to the meeting. My
sister and I went, ever so quietly, we wore pant and
shirt, we had tied gamchas on our heads."