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Feminism in India


Individual Feminists on this site:

Jaya Arunachalam

Kamla Bhasin

Jyotsna Chatterji

Ammu Joseph

Chandra Talpade Mohanty

Gayatri Spivak

Feminists on other sites:

Madhu Bhusan

Urvashi Butalia

Githa Hariharan

Corinne Kumar

Ritu Menon

Sarojini Naidu

Amrita Pritam

Vandana Shiva

Other Indian Feminists:

Kamala Das

Anita Desai

Vasanth Kannabiran

Kalpana Kannabiran

Meera Mahadevan

Kamala Markandaya

Kavita Panjabi

Kumkum Sangari

Internet Links

Vedams Books International is a mail order book company based in New Delhi, India, which features an extensive online catalog on women. You can access this catalogue here.

SAWNET: South Asian Women's Net can be accessed here.

You can reach Kali for Women here.

You can read about the Vimochana women's activist organization here.


      This page contains General information, History, Literature, Politics, and Religion in India.


      General Information

      Bagilhole, Barbara. "Sexual violence in India: "Eve-teasing" as backlash," in Sexual Harassment. Contemporary Feminist Perspective. Alison M. Thomas and Celia Kitzinger, eds. Open University Press, 1997.

      Bhasin, Kamla. Are We on the Right Track? Report of an FFHC/AD Workshop on participatory evaluation. FFHC/AD, FAO, 1986.

      Bhasin, Kamla. Breaking Barriers A South Asian Experience of Training for Participatory Development. FFHC/AD, FAO, 1978.

      Bhasin, Kamla. Formulating Projects with People Report of a Training Programme. FFHC/AD, FAO.

      Bhasin, Kamla. Hamaari Betiyan Insaaf Ki Talaash Mein. Jagori,1987. 1991 (A book on the position of girls in India).

      Bhasin, Kamla. Ladki Kya Hai, Ladka Kya Hai. Jagori, 1998.

      Bhasin, Kamla. Participatory Training for Development. FFHC/AD, FAO, 1976.

      Bhasin, Kamla. Towards Conceptual Clarity - Report of a South Asian Workshop on Women and Development. FFHC/AD, FAO, 1991.

      Bhasin, Kamla. Towards Empowerment. FFHC/AD, FAO, 1984.

      Bhasin, Kamla. What is Patriarchy? Kali for Women, 1993. [You can order this book here.]

      Bhasin, Kamla and Ritu MenonBorders and Boundaries Women in India's Partition. Kali for Women, 1998.

      Bhasin, Kamla and Datta Savale. Training Tribal Activists. FAO, 1983.

      Bhasin, Kamla and Nighat Said Khan. Feminism in South Asia. Kali for Women, 1986. [You can order this book here.]

      Bhasin, Kamla and Nighat Said Khan. Grappling with Each Other Action and Theory - Report of a South Asian Workshop. FFHC/AD, FAO, 1987.

      Bhasin, Kamla and Nighat Said KhanSharing One Earth. FFHC/AD, FAO, 1986

      Bhasin, Kamla, Abha Bhaiya and Gauri Chowdhry. Hamaara Shivir Hamaari Baat. FFHC/AD, FAO, 1983.

      Bhasin, Kamla, Vasant Palshikar and Laxmi Rao. Role and Training of Development Activists. FFHC/AD, FAO, 1980.

      Chaki-Sircar, Manjusri. Feminism in Traditional Society: Women of the Manipur Valley. 1984.

      Chakrapani, C. Changing Status and Role of Women in Indian Society. South Asia Books, 1994.

      Indira, M.K. Phaniyamma. Kali for Women.

      Jamison, Stephanie. Sacrificed Wife / Sacrificer's Wife: Women, Ritual, and Hospitality in Ancient India. Oxford. 1996.

      Jayawardena, Kumari. Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World. London: Zed Books, 1986.

      Jeffrey, Patricia and Roger Jeffery. Don't Marry Me To a Plowman! Women's Everyday Lives in Rural North India. 1996.

      Jha, Uma Shankar and Premlata Pujari. Indian Women Today: Tradition, Modernity and Challenge. 1996.

      Kapadia, Karin. Siva and Her Sisters: Gender, Caste, and Class in Rural South India. 1995.

      Kapur, Ratna and Brenda Crossman. Subversive Sites: Feminist Engagements with Law in India. Kali for Women.

      Liddle, Joanna and Rama Joshi. Daughters of Independence: Gender, Caste and Class in India. Rutgers Univ. Press, 1989.

      Mathur, Ira. "First Comes Marriage, Then Comes Love," WIN: Women's International Net, Issue #4A (Dec. 1997).

      Moore, Erin. Gender, Law, and Resistance in India. Univ. of Arizona Press, 1998.

      Omvedt, Gail. Violence Against Women: New Movements and New Theories in India. 1990.

      Rajan, Rajeswari Sunder. Real and Imagined Women: Gender, Culture and Postcolonialism. Routledge, 1993.

      Roy, Manisha. Bengali Women. Univ. of Chicago Press, 1992.

      Tikoo, Prithvi Nath. Indian Women: A Brief Socio-Cultural Survey. 1985.

      Visweswaran, Kamala. Fictions of Feminist Ethnography. Univ. of Minnesota Press, 1994.


      Burton, Antoinette M. Burdens of History: British Feminists, Indian Women, and Imperial Culture, 1865-1915. 1994.

      Ghose, Indira. Women Travellers in Colonial India: The Power of the Female Gaze. Oxford, 1998.

      Jayawardena, Kumari. The White Woman's Other Burden -- Western Women and South Asia During British Rule.New York: Routledge, 1995.

      John, Mary E. Discrepant Dislocations: Feminism, Theory, and Postcolonial Histories. 1996.

      Kumar, Nita, ed. Women as Subjects: South Asian Histories. Univ. Press of Virginia, 1994.

      Kumar, Radha. The History of Doing: An Illustrated Account of Movements for Women's Rights and Feminism in India, 1800-1990. Verso Books, 1993.

      Sahgal, Manmohini Zutshi. An Indian Freedom Fighter Recalls Her Life. M.E. Sharpe, 1994.

      Shangari, Kumkum and Sudesh Vaid, ed. Recasting Women: Essays in Colonial History. Kali for Women.

      Visram, Rozina. Women in India and Pakistan: The Struggle for Independence from British Rule. Cambridge Univ. Press, 1993.


      Bhasin, Kamla. Dhammak Dham - Rhymes for children in Hindi, Urdu, English, Gujarati and Punjabi. UNICEF, New Delhi.

      Bhasin, Kamla. Ulti Sulti Mito - a book for children. Published by Kali for Women. [You can order this book here.]

      de Souza, Eunice, ed. Nine Indian Women Poets: An Anthology. Oxford, 1997.

      Feldhaus, Anne, ed. Images of Women in Maharashtrian Literature and Religion. SUNY Press, 1996.

      Kali for Women. The Slate of Life: An Anthology of Stories by Indian Women. Kali for Women. [You can read a summary of this book here.]


      Ali, Aruna Asaf. Resurgence of Indian Women. Strosius Inc / Advent Books Division, 1991.

      Chaudhuri, Maitrayee. Indian Women's Movement: Reform and Revival. Strosius Inc / Advent Books Division, 1992.

      Gandhi, Nandita and Nandita Shah. The Issues at Stake: Theory and Practice in the Contemporary Women's Movement in India. South Asia Books, 1992.

      Ray., Raka. Fields of Protest: Women's Movements in India. Univ. of Minnesota Press, 1999.


      Feldhaus, Anne, ed. Images of Women in Maharashtrian Literature and Religion. SUNY Press, 1996.

      Minturn, Leigh and Swaran Kapoor, ed. Sita's Daughters: Coming Out of Purdah: The Rajput Women of Khalapur Revisited. Oxford Univ. Press, 1993.

      Mitter, Sara S. Dharma's Daughters: Contemporary Indian Women and Hindu Culture. 1991.

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