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A landscape of unbelongers

By Sharmila Joshi

Why Loiter: Women and Risk on Mumbai Streets is about the myriad ways in which women continue to be relegated to the spatial margins of a ‘globalising’ city, and the growing list of other powerless groups – migrants, dalits, North Indians, Muslims, gays, etc -- who inhabit this landscape of unbelongers

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The 'two-finger' test

By Sharmila Joshi

Though the Supreme Court has ruled that the results of a ‘finger test’ cannot be used against a woman, and that a rape survivor’s ‘habituation to sexual intercourse’ is immaterial, this ‘unscientific, inhuman and degrading’ test is still widely used in India, says a new Human Rights Watch report

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A limited liberation

By Madhumita Bose

Activist and social critic Vinodinee Neelkanth, like most other women writers of the early-20th century, favoured the empowerment of women, as long as they left undisturbed their roles as wife and mother. It was left to the male writers of the ’20s and ’30s to create vibrant, non-conformist female characters

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Women's work: Never done and poorly paid

By Nirmala Banerji

Jayati Ghosh’s new book on women’s work in globalising India reveals the Indian state’s patriarchal attitude towards women’s work

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Savitribai Phule: Forgotten liberator

By Melanie P Kumar

Savitribai Phule's name is not in the history books alongside the Rani of Jhansi and others. But it deserves to be. She, along with her husband Jotiba Phule, was a pioneer in the struggle against oppression of women, dalits, adivasis and religious minorities. A new book sketches her life and work

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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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