Noted sociologist Meera Kosambi died on 26 February 2015 after a brief illness. She was 75. She was the youngest daughter of the great historian and mathematician DD Kosambi.
Her works were known for brilliant and incisive scholarship and her crowning achievement was to turn the light on Pandita Ramambai, the great 19 century Indian reformer and educationist and early pioneer of women’s emancipation in India.
Through her splendid translations of Returning the American Gaze: Pandita Ramabai’s the people of the United States (1889) and a volume of Ramabai’s Selected Works, Kosambi was instrumental in salvaging the great reformer’s reputation from the debris of time and restoring Pandita Ramabai to the pedestal of one of Modern India’s most illustrious figures.
She did her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Stockholm and retired as a professor and director of the Research Centre for Women’s Studies, at the SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai.
She wrote, co-wrote or edited more than 15 books which reflected a lifelong preoccupation and passion for with the notion of the modern, emancipated Indian woman.
Some of her books include
• Mahatma Gandhi and Prema Kantak: Exploring a Relationship
• Exploring History
• Women Writing Gender: Marathi Fiction before Independence
• Feminist Vision or 'Treason against Men?