In the early 1980s she fell seriously ill due to problems with her kidneys and by the late 1980s she was bedridden with edema and sores all over her body. She had used auto urine therapy for some time in the early 1980s to cure herself of amoebiasis after meeting the late Prime Minister Morarji Desai who practised this. She fell back on this again when allopathic treatment couldn't cure her and miraculously she recovered from her problems in 1989 and became her feisty self again.
Not only did she do her own organisation work in Ghantali and for the CPI(ML) all over India but she also provided support to other organisations fighting at the grassroots for Adivasi rights. She led a team of human rights activists to our area when the Madhya Pradesh Government cracked down on our organisation in 2001 killing four of our colleagues in police firing and sending scores of us to jail for long periods.
Today, throughout the Bhil Adivasi homeland there is a lot of political churn and the Adivasis have formed their own organisations to carve out an independent development path. This would not have been possible without the initial efforts made in the 1980s by Srilata to form grassroots mass movement, which led to many such organisations sprouting up. Obviously the early promise of a much more equitable socio-economic order that was there in the 1980s has not been realised but it is a long and winding road to justice and we have lost one of our militant co-travellers.