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Women, Education, and Politics - and Delhi s Indraprastha College
Women, Education, and Politics - and Delhi’s Indraprastha College

Women, Education, and Politics - and Delhi s Indraprastha College

by Meena Bhargava

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Oxford University Press


0195669118 - Year: 2005 - Pages: 000



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Author: Meena Bhargava
Kalyani Dutt/
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 000
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195669118


Women, Education, and Politics explores the struggles and triumphs of women’s education and their participation in national politics in nineteenth and twentieth century colonial north India. The narrative is woven around Delhi’s Indraprastha College, a pioneering institution for women’s education in north India. Established in 1924, it was, in fact, the first women’s college in Delhi.

Discussing the origins and development of IP College, the book explores the obstacles face and surmounted by the movement for women’s education in India. The authors investigate the evolution of women’s education, the transition and change in the status of women, the growth in their self-confidence, and their responses and reactions to national events. Issues related to their identity and assertion also become objects of debate and inquiry in this first ever study of a major women’s institution in Delhi.

The book examines a wide variety of sources including archival and private records, oral narratives (interviews), and newspapers and magazines. It will be useful for students and scholars working on issues related to gender, education and politics, and reform movements in colonial India as well as informed general readers interested in cross-cultural and comparative studies on women’s institutions and education.


The spaciousness of the college and the economy of its architecture is reflected in its mindset and in he students world view-where nationalism, communism and even for a brief spell, naxalism, can be accommodated without upsetting any applecart. Not cultivated in Indraprastha.
-Narayani Gupta and Sheila Uttam Singh (former students of the college)

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