Suhasini Chattopadhyay

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Suhasini Chattopadhyay (also known as Suhasini Nambiar

1901-1973)) was an Indian communist leader and freedom fighter. She was the first woman member of the Communist Party of India.[1]


Suhasini was born to Aghore Nath Chattopadhyay and Barada Sundari Debi as one of their eight children. She was the sister of Sarojini Naidu. In 1919, she married A. C. N. Nambiar in Madras but they separated,since Nambiar had an affair with his secretary,Eva Geissler.[2]After marriage,both were in London for some time,she studying in Oxford.They shifted to Berlin,invited by Jayasurya,son of sarojini Naidu,who was studying medicine there.Both of them worked there,he editing periodicals and she teaching English.Influenced by her brotherVirendranath Chattopadhyay,better known as Chatto,she became a Communist,and he got her admitted in the Eastern University in Moscow,with the help of M N Roy.After a while she returned to India with British Communist Lester Hutchinson in 1928.He got arrested in the Meerut conspiracy case.She joined the Communist Party of India next year and was under police surveillance till 1951.A fine singer and dancer,she got involved in cultural activities of the Party.Her letters to Nambiar to return to India were rejected by him,saying he is in a new realationship.His mistress Eva was the sister of M N roy's lover,Louise Geissler.She waited Nambiar to return,for six years. Later, she married R. M. Jambhekar,trade union activist and founder of ISCUS.[3]They had met in Moscow.[4]When Edgar Snow,the American journalist came to India in 1931,it was Suhasini,who took him around.He wrote later,in an article,The Revolt of India's Women[5],that Suhasini was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen.


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  2. ^ "Nehru aide Nambiar not a spy, but a patriot". Deccan Chronicle. 28 October 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  3. ^ Vappala Balachandran,Life in Shadow,Roli Books
  4. ^ Anu Kumar (5 February 2014). Sarojini Naidu: THE NIGHTINGALE AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTER: WHAT SAROJINI NAIDU DID, WHAT SAROJINI NAIDU SAID. Hachette India. p. 14. ISBN 978-93-5009-820-2.
  5. ^ Huebner, Lee W., "International Herald Tribune", Encyclopedia of Journalism, SAGE Publications, Inc., ISBN 9780761929574, retrieved 15 July 2019