This paper discusses some of the problems women face in gendering public policy. The paper elaborates on how women's collective identity can be forceful politically when backed by knowledge and gives examples of this from Karnataka. New developments in decentralisation of governance have opened possibilities for women's agency at the local level. Paradoxically, developments at the global level have the possibility of undermining this process. The author argues that we can only therefore confront this not by integrating into the existing development paradigm and attempting small changes at the local level but by evolving a different development paradigm that will ensure justice for the majority of the poor and women.
The collection of 17 original essays, provides insights into the many ways in which the interrelated issues of culture, identity and 'Indianness' are expressed in contemporary times. The contributors map and evaluate the developments in their respective fields over the past 50 years and cover the topics of art, music, theatre, literature, philosophy, science, history and feminism.
The existence of women's studies, whether as an academic discipline or as an activity centre, is fraught with paradox. On one hand, it is a landmark achievement in the journey to gender justice, on the other, it is an evocative symbol of the discrimination, which causes its being. These and other ironies are explored in this book, which records the early history of the women's movement in India by documenting the activities and opinions of 17 women's studies centres from across the country. Speaking from their specific subjective context, the contributors add a valuable new dimension to the global discussion on what it is to be 'the second sex' and the fulfilment of having 'a room of one's own'.
Papers presented at the International Seminar on "Women, Religion, and Politics".