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Lives sacrificed: Women and health in South Asia

By Deepti Priya Mehrotra

A new World Bank report looks at the state of reproductive health of poor women in five countries -- Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka -- and makes a case for decentralised planning, delivery and expansion of health services, with a clear focus on enhancing inclusion

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Apple toss to alu mutter: At home in the world

By Sanjay Srivastava

Small-town India's new middle class is negotiating globalisation and modernity in much more meaningful ways than the metropolitan middle class, says Sanjay Srivastava's new book

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'Enter victims' reality' to combat violence against women: UNFPA

By Lisa Batiwalla

Reports that chronicle the extent and forms of violence against women are commonplace. However, a unique new report offers 10 case studies from across the globe that show how interventions that adapt to local contexts can actually reduce gender-based violence

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Suman's story

By Arshia Sattar

Premchand has always used his women characters as the lens through which society is critiqued. A reading his 'Sevasadan' in English translation almost 90 years after it was written brings home the fact that little has changed: women are still striving to control their own destinies

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Missing mothers and grandmothers

By Arshia Sattar

A lush book of photographs of Indian women in the colonial period focuses on the women we all know -- the freedom fighters, the social reformers, the artists. But where are the ordinary women -- our mothers and grandmothers?

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Indian women in the Age of Globalisation

By N P Chekkutty

'Impact of WTO on Women in Agriculture', released in January 2005, studies the plight of rural Indian women through public hearings in Punjab, West Bengal, Karnataka and Bundelkhand. This is the first such assessment of the gender impact of the WTO and the globalisation of agriculture

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The unheard scream: Reproductive health and women's lives

By Laxmi Murthy

A review of a new book on the neglect, deprivation and non-existent reproductive healthcare in India

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Mother goddesses and warriors: RSS women as ideologues

By Rakesh Shukla

Paola Baccheta's new book explores the minds and ideological constructs of women who are part of the nationalist Hindu movement

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Behind closed doors: Women on primetime TV

By Rashme Sehgal

A new three-nation study of primetime television soaps finds that over 70% of the serials are set in affluent homes, with women spending 80% of their time within their four walls. If television is to hold up any kind of mirror to society or represent a popular history of the times, it must become pluralist and representative

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Gender is at the heart of all discrimination

By Arshia Sattar

A review of Translating Caste and Translating Desire

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Women who own property are less likely to face marital violence: study

While there is no simple answer as to why men abuse their wives, the findings of a recent study suggest that women who own property are less likely to encounter spousal violence

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How India's budget for 2003-04 will impact women

By Vibhuti Patel

Budgetary allocations for women-specific schemes have increased only in the area of family planning

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Women work the land, but do not inherit it

By Lalitha Sridhar

Human Development in South Asia 2002, released in Chennai in May 2003, stresses the importance of agriculture as a development priority. It also points out that the ever-increasing contribution of women in the agricultural sector continues to go unacknowledged

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Dowry murder as a legacy of British policies

By Rashme Arora

Historian Veena Talwar Oldenburg's new book maintains that the British revenue system, which put land exclusively in the hands of males, weakened the social and economic position of Indian women and encouraged practices such as dowry and female infanticide. An interview

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Muslim Women's Survey

A summary of the ORG-Marg Muslim Women's Survey carried out in 2000-2001

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The spirit of satyagraha

Biju Negi

Valliamma Munuswami Mudaliar, forgotten heroine of the satyagraha movement against racism and injustice in South Africa, died 100 years ago. She was only 16

Valliamma Munuswami Mudaliar, forgotten heroine of the satyagraha

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The marginalisation of Kasturba Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi himself said that he learnt his satyagraha from Ba. Why then has history, public memory and even the women’s movement kept Kasturba in the shadow of the Mahatma, with no identity independent of him, asks Biju Negi as he celebrates Kasturba Jayanti

Kasturba

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"We are women too..."

By Moushumi Basu

Like other women, transgender women too crave romantic relationships and family, but they have to fight for their rights to these. Helping them is Kalki Subhramanium’s first-of-its-kind initiative – a matrimonial website for transgender women in search of Mr Right

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A space of their own

By Sujata Madhok

Women's activist Daud Sharifa Khanam, first recipient of the Durgabai Deshmukh Award instituted by the Central Social Welfare Board, began a Muslim Women's Jamaat in 2003 to provide Muslim women a space to express themselves and contest traditional, repressive diktats

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Vidya Munsi: Poster girl of the Indian women's movement

By Rajashri Dasgupta

Vidya Munsi has been at the forefront of activism for over 65 years, joining the Indian communists in UK when the communist party was still illegal in India, becoming West Bengal's first working woman journalist, and advocating throughout the cause of women

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