New Delhi, January 3: Google India today celebrated India’s first female social reformer Savitribai Phule’s 186th birthday dedicating their doodle. The doodle portrayed a motherly figure of Savitribai protecting the women of India in her arms. She is the first Indian to have her doodle in 2017.
Regarded as the pioneer face to the Social Reform Movement for her work against cast and gender based discrimination in Maharashtra; Savitribai has given India a lot in terms of women’s education and welfare.
Born on January 3 1831 in Naigaon, Maharashtra, Phule is regarded as one of India’s first generation feminists for her significant contributions in ensuring equal opportunities for education under the British Raj.
In 1848, she opened a school for girls from different castes along with her husband Jyotirao Phule in Bhidewada, Pune. At that time she was welcomed with stone pelting in the orthodox Pune society.
In 1854, three years before the Sepoy Mutiny, she established a shelter for the widows and in 1864 built an accommodation to provide space for child brides, who were casted away by their families.
Although forgotten by the patriarchal writing of history, Google’s Art and Culture Platform, in partnership with feminist publisher Zubaan Books has been doing its bit to challenge this highlighting the achievements of people like Savitirbai in their new series of virtual exhibitions.
With over 1800 works of art and photographs sourced from 26 cultural institutions across the country, the viewer is introduced to grassroots activists, poet, scientists bearing rich history of women in India.
Image source: google India