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Suman Prabhakar Sanzgiri - nee Suman Shantaram Mokashi - was
born in Pune in 1929. She spent the first 6 years of her life in Pune and the
rest of her life in Bombay. She studied at King George girls' school and later in
Ruia college where she completed her B.A. in 1950.
At an early age Suman was influenced by her elder brother Umakant who was
involved in the Communist movement. At 12 she took up organizing the Balsangha.
Later she entered the student union. She met Prabhakar Sanzgiri at this time and
they were married in 1950.
Suman taught in Seva Sadan and later at Union High school where she eventually became
the head mistress. She became part of her husband's trade union activities and also
served on the editorial board of the Communst party's official journal. Since Prabhakar spent
a lot of time underground evading the British police and in prison in independent India
Suman assumed responsibility for the finances and their children - four sons and a daughter.
Suman Sanzgiri is a member of the Maharashtra state committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).
- Lal chhayet kranticha shodh
Paryay Prakashan, Mumbai (2009)
- The memoirs (in Marathi) of a CPI(M) leader in Maharasthtra, whose husband was a veteran communist. He said:
"Dedicating one's life to the movement is only possible if one has the active collaboration
of one's spouse. The day to day concerns of food, shelter, daily necessities, attending
to children's needs and education - all of these become her responsibility. Comrade Suman
carried this burden without complaining until her retirement. In our society a working
woman doesn't get a respite from the demands of the hearth and the cradle. Only a woman
from a financially comfortable background can devote herself wholeheartedly to
the struggle without these distractions. The female portion of the leadership
of the people's as well as women's liberation movements has, as a result, remained the domain of
women of the upper class."
- Sawnet Review by Sheela Jaywant
South Asian Women authors