Women of Revolutionary Movement in British India: Pritilata Waddedar

Women of Revolutionary Movement in British India: Pritilata Waddedar

Pritilata Waddedar(1911-1932) was a Bengali revolutionary nationalist who was influential in the Indian independence movement.

After completing her education in Chittagong and Dhaka, she attended Bethune College in Kolkata. She graduated in philosophy with a distinction and became a school teacher.

During the Chittagong Armory Raid of 1930, 20 year-old Waddedar, along with Surya Sen, Ganesh Ghosh, Lokenath Bal, Ambika Chakrabarty, among others in a group of at least 65 people, devised plans to raid the armory of the British forces.

She is known for leading fifteen revolutionaries in 1932 armed attack on the Pahartali European Club, during which one was killed and eleven others injured. The revolutionaries torched the club and were later caught by the police. In those circumstances, she consumed potassium cyanide to evade arrest and ended her life. Waddedar was only 21.