Vidya Munshi, an experienced journalist, scholar and writer sadly passed away in Kolkata at the age of 94. Born in Mumbai, she worked her way up through and ended up working in umpteen newspapers and magazines including The Blitz.
After leaving for England to pursue higher studies in Medicine, in 1942, she joined the Communist party of Great Britain vigorously working against the subjugation and violence by fascist forces.
Three years later, Ms. Munshi participated in a Women’s Conference in Paris where she represented the student’s wing of the Communist Party of India.
She was an active member and headed the board that publishes the CPIs mouthpiece ‘Kalantar’ and also headed the State Women’s Commission till 2000. During her eventful career, she chronicled her life with all its political and social vicissitudes in a detailed way in her memoir, ‘In Retrospect: War-time Memories and Thoughts on Women’s Movement.’