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Indian Response to Christianity, Church and Colonialism

Meera Kosambi (1939-2015) was a sociologist who wrote on various subjects ranging from feminist history to urban ecology. We re-publish a Special Article written by her, on her definitive and well-recognised study of the 19th century Indian reformer Pandita Ramabai.

Kosmabi Special Issue.

This is with reference to the two articles we wrote for EPW’s special issue on D D Kosambi (July 26). In this regard, we would like to add that both of us delivered lectures on the same topics at Panjim, Goa, during the Goa state’s ‘D D Kosambi Festival of Ideas’ (February 4-7, 2008) chaired by...

D D Kosambi: The Scholar and the Man

D D Kosambi enjoys a unique international identity as a brilliant, profound and original scholar who straddled many fields of knowledge where he made multiple scholarly contributions. This essay outlines the vastness of his intellectual canvas, provides a short biographical sketch and also describes some facets of a fascinating personality.

Anandibai Joshee

Retrieving a Fragmented Feminist Image Meera Kosambi Anandibai Joshee was the first Maharashtrian woman to leave Indian shores in the latter half of the 19th century for higher studies abroad to become the first Indian woman to qualify as a medical doctor. The Maharashtrian psyche remains captivated by the image of Anandibai as a submissive and obedient girl-wife who fulfilled her husband's visionary ambition for her. However, the series of images sketched by Anandibai's own words produce a self-portrait in which the submissive wife coexists with an intelligent woman dispassionately perceptive of herself and her society. This essay attempts to reach the 'real Anandibai and reclaim her fragmented feminism.

Continuities and Discontinuities in Maharashtra s Socio-Cultural Scene

Maharashtra's Socio-Cultural Scene Meera Kosambi Sometimes the past lives on into the present, sometimes it is transmuted and sometimes disrupted and recreated This theme of continuities and discontinuities in Maharashtra's social history was the theme of the Fifth International Conference on Maharashtra: Culture and Society.

Indian Response to Christianity, Church and Colonialism-Case of Pandita Ramabai

and Colonialism Case of Pandita Ramabai Meera Kosambi Pandita Ramabai's relationship with Christianity was a long and complex one influenced by many factors. On the one hand was dissillusionment with Hinduismpn the other, the attraction of a faith which promised salvation to all without discrimination. Ramabai saw her own conversion as a protest against the inherent discrimination against women in Hinduism, a protest which remained a personal statement without developing into a social protest.

Girl-Brides and Socio-Legal Change-Age of Consent Bill (1891) Controversy

Girl-Brides and Socio-Legal Change Age of Consent Bill (1891) Controversy Meera Kosambi The Age of Consent Bill enacted in 1891 formed a vital link in the movement for women's emancipation in the 19th century. The major women's issues of the time were abolition of child marriage, more humane treatment of widows and their right to remarry and education of women. The age of consent issue was integral to the child marriage question and the technical distinction between the two was often blurred in the actual controversy. The Consent Bill aimed to set a reasonable age limit below which a girl was considered to be incapable of giving consent to cohabitation and thus to ensure that her childhood was protected from physical coercion.

Images of Women and the Feminine in Maharashtra

in Maharashtra Meera Kosambi The series of international conferences on 'Maharashtra: Culture and Society' has, over the years, produced scholarship remarkable for its depth as well as breadth, allowing an appreciation of what is uniquely Maharashtrian while treating the region as a microcosm of the Indian subcontinent A report on the fourth conference which was devoted to the theme 'Images of Women and the Feminine in Maharashtra'.

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