Sarala Behn, who was born Catherine Mary Hellman, was an Englishwoman who lived through the Indian Independence Movement and fought for the country’s freedom in her own right.
Influenced heavily by the work of Mahatma Gandhi, Sarala came to India in 1932, and just never went back.
In 1942, when Gandhi started the Quit India Movement, Sarala launched an extension of the non-violent movement in her newly established home in the hills – the Kumaon district of Uttarakhand.
Her rallying cry brought so many men and women from the hills together, that the opposing British forces had to put her in jail just to shut up.
This episode will release in the first week of June 2022, as 5th June is World Environment Day! Because one additional thing that Sarala Behn was known for… this very small thing… it is called the Chipko Movement.
Technically a criminal in the eyes of the British Raj, since she followed Gandhi so closely and used his principles to rally the people of the hills, Sarala is also known as one of India’s earliest environmentalists.
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