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Author: Eminent Contributors
Editor(s): Maitrayee Chaudhuri
Publisher: Kali/Women Unlimited
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8188965219
Why is feminist a label that some liberal, emancipated women recoil from? Why is feminism often associated with aggressive women who disrupt social norms and harmonious families?
This book brings together the writing of prominent Indian academics and activists as they debate the issue in the context of Indian culture, society and politics, and explore the theoretical foundations of feminism here. The inevitability of the association with western feminism, the status of women in colonial and independent India, and the more recent challenges to Indian feminism posed by globalization and the upsurge of the Hindu Right in Indian politics are discussed at length.
Bridging the academic/activist, personal/political and local/global divides, this collection of feminist writing shows how the movement is part of a larger project of consolidating the liberal values of secularism and democracy. It deepens our understanding of why, despite the existence of legal and constitutional rights to prevent discrimination, women are subject to oppressive practices like dowry. Ultimately, the feminist voice merges with the voices of all disadvantaged and discriminated groups engaged in the battle for the recognition of difference.
This collection is invaluable as a succinct overview of Indian feminism.
FEMINISM: QUESTIONS FROM THE INDIAN CONTEXT
Some Questions of Feminism and its Relevance in South Asia
Feminism: Indian Ethos and Indian Convictions
A Horror of Isms: Why I do not Call Myself a Feminist
Feminism in India and the West: Recasting a Relationship
Thinking Beyond Gender in India
SOME EARLY FEMINIST VISIONS
Sri Purush Tulana by Tarabai Shinde. Extract from A Comparison Between Women and Men: Tarabai Shinde and the Critique of Gender
Stray Thoughts of an Indian Girl by Cornelia Sorabji, The Nineteenth Century, October 1891
Sultana’s Dream and Selections from The Secluded Ones
THE NATIONALIST FEMINIST FRAMEWORK AND SOME QUESTIONS
The Indian Women’s Movement
Appendix No. 6
What Swaraj will Include
Karachi Congress Resolution, 1931
Report of the Sub-Committee, Women’s Role in Planned Economy, National Planning Committee Series (1947)
Periyar, women and an Ethic of Citizenship
FEMINISM IN INDEPENDENT INDIA
Women’s Movement: Some Ideological Debates
Women’s Politics in India
Dalit Women Talk Differently: A Critique of Difference and Towards a Dalit Feminist Standpoint Position.
CHALLENGES TO FEMINISM: GLOBALIZATION AND HINDUTVA
Birthing Terrible Beauties: Feminisms and Women’s Magazines
Gender and Development in India, 1970-90s:
Some Reflections on the Constitutive Role of Contexts
Problems for a Contemporary Theory of Gender
Feminism in the Print Media
Women’s Empowerment as International Showbiz: Rendezvous in Niala
New Movements and New Theories in India
Marathi Literature as a Source for Contemporary Feminism
Is the Hidnu Goddess a Feminist?
Perspectives for a Grassroots Feminist Theory