Perin was born in Chaman, now in Pakistan, on 2nd October 1918, the
eldest daughter daughter of a doctor in the Indian Army, Phiroze
Bharucha and his wife Pilloo. She had a idyllic childhood in various
Army cantonment towns, and a stint in a boarding school in Simla. By
the time she went to college in Lahore, inspired by the national
movement, she started wearing handspun and handwoven khadi and joined
the women’s wing of the Congress.
Through the women’s movement she came into contact with Marxist
ideology and this shaped her mission for life. In 1942 she married her
comrade Romesh Chandra and they plunged into their work in the
Communist Party of India with enthusiasm. The rupture of Partition
would dislocate their lives for a period but they migrated to Bombay
and then to Delhi, dedicated to the struggle for a better life for
The greater part of her adult life was spent in the peace and
solidarity movement, working tirelessly to champion the cause of
internationalism and third world solidarity with anti-war and
pro-peace movements everywhere. This included the movement against the
US occupation of Vietnam, the struggle to free South Africa from
apartheid, the Palestinian movement and struggles at home against
communalism, caste discrimination, for nuclear disarmament and for
people-to-people contacts between Indians and Pakistanis.
Mourned by comrades in the women’s and peace movements, friends and
family, she will be missed by all who had been in contact with her.
She is survived by Romesh and her children Shobha and Feroze.