Women and Right-Wing Movements: Indian Experiences

Women and Right-Wing Movements: Indian Experiences

by Tanika Sarkar
     
 

ISBN-10: 1856492907

ISBN-13: 2901856492903

Pub. Date: 02/15/1996

Publisher: Zed Books

Feminism tends to identify women's political activism with emancipatory movements. Yet how can this view be reconciled with the current involvement of women in right-wing causes? In India today, violent communalism is pulling women into militant politics, particularly into the Hindu right. This book explores the supposed clash from legal, religious and political…  See more details below

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Feminism tends to identify women's political activism with emancipatory movements. Yet how can this view be reconciled with the current involvement of women in right-wing causes? In India today, violent communalism is pulling women into militant politics, particularly into the Hindu right. This book explores the supposed clash from legal, religious and political perspectives, and considers the questions and paradoxes that this provokes for feminism. It compares right-wing strategies and tactics with those of feminist groups, and considers the issue of violence, both against women and by women. It also examines gender and the Hindu right, including their relationship to religious processes, economic development, caste politics and constitutional crisis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901856492903
Publisher:
Zed Books
Publication date:
02/15/1996
Pages:
256

Table of Contents

Introductory Remarks1
'Where Women are Worshipped, there the Gods Rejoice': The Mirage of the Ancestress of the Hindu Woman10
Surat, Savarkar and Draupadi: Legitimising Rape as a Political Weapon29
Muslims and Hindus, Men and Women: Communal Stereotypes and the Partition of India58
Communalising Gender, Engendering Community: Women, Legal Discourse and the Saffron Agenda82
The Frying Pan or the Fire ? Endangered Identities, Gendered Institutions and Women's Survival121
Redefining the Agenda of the Women's Movement within a Secular Framework136
Inverted: The Gendered Imagery Real Women of Hindu Nationalism158
Heroic Women, Mother Goddesses: Family and Organisation in Hindutva Politics181
Hindu Nationalism and the Construction of Woman: The Shiv Sena Organises Women in Bombay216
The Woman Shiv Sainik and her Sister Swayamsevika233
Women, Hindutva and the Politics of Caste in Tamil Nadu245
Resisting Women270
Report of the Women's Delegation to Bhopal, Ahmedabad and Surat299
Interviews with Women329

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