Gardener in the Wasteland


By Srividya Natarajan

The revolutionary text of Gardener in the Wasteland: Jotiba Phule’s Fight for Liberty remains relevant today, and given Phule’s rather graphic imagination lends itself almost naturally to graphic art. Srividya Natarajan and Aparajita Ninan also weave in the story of Savitribai, Jotiba’s wife and partner in his struggles, who started a school for girls in Pune in 1848, despite social opprobrium.