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Police Intimidation

We, the members of the Executive Committee of the Indian Association for Women’s Studies (IAWS), write to you in shock in the face of our recent experiences of intimidation and harassment at the hands of the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) during the XIIIth National Conference of the IAWS in Wardha at...

Rethinking Feminist Methodologies

Given the varying and diverse interpretation of what feminist research is, especially in the context of criticism against such research for its class-caste exclusions, heterosexism and ethnocentrism, it would be useful to explore whether there could be a "feminist standpoint epistemology" and whether feminist research could claim to speak for all women or represent their experiences. An introduction to the papers in this edition of the Review of Women's Studies.

Women's Land Rights in South Asia: Struggles and Diverse Contexts

In south Asia, since the 1970s, previously marginalised sections of the rural poor started to organise themselves in movements. In recent years, most of these struggles have been directed against the impact of the liberalising state on the rural poor. For the vast majority, there has been an erosion of livelihood avenues, food insecurity, a loss of assets - owing largely to the loss of their traditional access and control of natural resources. Food security is threatened by loss of biodiversity and loss of knowledge. Women who suffer the most from these trends have in all movements related to these issues, participating intensely, widely and also in leadership roles. While many of these movements have been documented, very little is known of women claiming their rights within these movements. At the same time, many other struggles of women are ongoing for land and other resource rights. These efforts have been isolated but exchanges of experiences are growing and suggest a range of newer strategies are emerging, thereby opening up possibilities for more effective response and common struggles.

CTBT and National and Regional Politics

CTBT and National and Regional Politics C P Geevan Meera Velayudhan THE article 'Why India Should Sign CTBT: Returning to Our Own Agenda' by Praful Bidwai and Achin Vanaik (EPW, September 19, 1998) provides a detailed, much needed and timely account of the CTBT. It also examines the validity of the arguments advanced to oppose it. The authors present a highly technical, almost clinical, perhaps even to the point of being virtually non-political, exposition of the case for CTBT-almost with the innocence of fervent peaceniks. This, of course, makes their plea very compelling and persuasive, but only if such questions were purely apolitical, which unfortunately is not the case. To those who live in a black and white world without any shades of gray and who will stop at nothing short of a world absolutely free of discriminatory regimes, the case presented by the authors is compulsory reading.

Reform, Law and Gendered Identity-Marriage among Ezhavas of Kerala

Marriage among Ezhavas of Kerala Meera Velayudhan SINCE the 1970s, a number of studies have debated issues arising front the idea of the "Kerala model' which upheld the state's achievements in terms of equity, balanced socio-economic growth, quality of life, female education, societal changes in attitudes to family size and so on. They have linked the question of demographic changes to movements for social justice, to political and economic reforms based on the interests of the poor and to the long period of various kinds of institution- building which preceded these changes [UN 1977, Ratcliffe 1978 and Morris and McAlpine !982].Could the 'Kerala model' be duplicated? The debate persists.

Gender Ideology in Bengal

Gender Ideology in Bengal Meera Velayudhan EVEN as one appreciates Tanika Sarkar's search for 'standards for a new womanhood' (EPW, February 2) the attempt is riddled with problems as her very premise is faulty. Firstly, it lacks a certain historical perspective as evident in the tendency to generalise a single (middle class?) woman's culture and sphere. Secondly, by dismissing struggles as 'pure' practice, devoid of any underlying approach or , analysis, the article reflects a persisting problem, the need to bridge the gap between women's studies and the women's movement.
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