Women and Right-Wing Movements: Indian Experiences

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Reveals that in India, violent communalism is pulling women into militant politics, particularly into the Hindu right. Exploring the clash from legal, religious, and political perspectives, the 14 articles look at gender within the framework of larger questions: the organizational history of the developing formation of the Hindu right and its relationship to change in religious processes, economic developments, caste politics, and constitutional crises over the last few decades. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781856492898
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Pages: 342

Table of Contents

Introductory Remarks 1
'Where Women are Worshipped, there the Gods Rejoice': The Mirage of the Ancestress of the Hindu Woman 10
Surat, Savarkar and Draupadi: Legitimising Rape as a Political Weapon 29
Muslims and Hindus, Men and Women: Communal Stereotypes and the Partition of India 58
Communalising Gender, Engendering Community: Women, Legal Discourse and the Saffron Agenda 82
The Frying Pan or the Fire ? Endangered Identities, Gendered Institutions and Women's Survival 121
Redefining the Agenda of the Women's Movement within a Secular Framework 136
Inverted: The Gendered Imagery Real Women of Hindu Nationalism 158
Heroic Women, Mother Goddesses: Family and Organisation in Hindutva Politics 181
Hindu Nationalism and the Construction of Woman: The Shiv Sena Organises Women in Bombay 216
The Woman Shiv Sainik and her Sister Swayamsevika 233
Women, Hindutva and the Politics of Caste in Tamil Nadu 245
Resisting Women 270
Report of the Women's Delegation to Bhopal, Ahmedabad and Surat 299
Interviews with Women 329
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