The college authorities decided one day that they needed to ask women students not to wear skirts above the knee, and to ban students from smoking on the college grounds. The Vice Principal came to our classroom to make this announcement: its effect was marred considerably by the sight of Eunice at the back of the room, pointedly lighting up a cigarette with a trademark look of ironic amusement on her face.
Author: Kavita Krishnan
Kavita Krishnan is Secretary of the All India Progressive Women's Association (AIPWA). Kavita is also editor of 'Liberation', the monthly publication of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) (CPI-ML).