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Women s Life Cycle and Identity

January 2-9, 1982 Women's Life Cycle and Identity Karaza Ahmad BHADKAL LAKE, the picnic spot near Faridabad, was recently (September 25-October 1, 1981) the venue of a seminar on women. It was organised jointly by the Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi, Centre for Women's Development Studies, New Delhi, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bombay, and Ford Foundation, New Delhi. The seminar threw up many insights and raised a number of questions for research which are well worth recapitulating. The seminar brought together between 15 and 20 participants drawn from different parts of the country from different academic disciplines and with varied professional expertise to discuss women's life cycle and identity with a sharp focus on the changes in these spheres. The participants shared some common attributes: they were highly educated and articulate, had done well in comparison to women of their class, were by and large from the upper and middle strata of Indian society and may, consequently, be considered the privileged few or the elite among the majority of Indian women. At the same time, they also showed significant differences among them. They differed in their personal experiences, age, and regional and cultural background. These differences became pertinent and notable right from the beginning of the seminar and were reflected in the diverse reactions to the issues discussed.

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