Emergence of the Women's Question in India and the Role of Women's Studies
AbstractThe womenâ€™s question, like the untouchability question or the communal question, emerged during the national movement as a political question that had to be solved to give shape to the vision of a free Indian nation. It is my contention that this political aspect of womenâ€™s equality or inequality has never received adequate attention from historians or other social scientists - a neglect which has helped to perpetuate many ambiguities, mis-conceptions and under-valuation of this issue. The primary role of womenâ€™s studies in the contemporary period is to rectify this neglect and to generate both empirical data and theoretical perspectives to place the issue in its proper context.
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untouchability; communal question; national movement; historians; ambiguities; theoretical perspectives;
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