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Forest Shrines and Sacred Groves

The article delineates the life-affirming values of caring for the earth among the Kodavas in Kodagu district, Karnataka. It argues that the coffee economy under colonial rule depleted the forestland, a trend exacerbated by the post-independence economic and forest policies. The full impact of these policies are apparent from the growing conflict in the area between wild elephants and humans.

Sharadaben Mehta: A Woman of Substance

management at the local level in the states; all this is contrary to the constitutional provision that

Ethnography Frozen in Time

in Time Religion and Society of the Coorgs in South India by M N Srinivas; Oxford University Press, New Delhi,
VEENA POONACHA This reprint of M N Srinivas

Uncovering the Gender Politics of Science Policies and Education

This paper examines the educational and science policies of India to understand some of the reasons for women's exclusion. Examining women?s access to higher education, it discusses the impact of current socio-economic and political realities on women's participation in science education and research. Not only is there a disjuncture between professed policy statements and prevailing ground realities, certain assumptions about class, caste or gender operate here unquestioned. The resultant anomalies have created a major gap in women's access to education and they are likely to increase, which has implications not only for gender equity, but also for the future of theoretical research in the country.

Women's Studies in Indian Universities

Feminist scholarship has acquired a degree of acceptance in academia. Increasingly influenced by post-modern thought, women's studies scholarship has questioned previously held definitions of power/powerlessness, sexuality and fixed gender identities. The challenge to 'grand' theories has generated a rich understanding of the heterogeneity of human experiences. Nonetheless the fear is whether this legitimate critiquing of the shortfalls of the theories of the 1970s has undermined the political vision of feminism's original project.

Feminist Theorising and Politics

Gender and Politics in India, Nivedita Menon (ed); Oxford University Press, New Delhi, pp 539, Rs 650.

Responses to Domestic Violence

Minimally construed as the physical, mental, emotional and sexual abuse of a woman in her intimate relationship, domestic violence in the Indian context includes intimidating acts by the members (both men and women) of her marital family. Often condoned by culture, such systemic violence enforces gender inequality by curtailing a woman's freedom and right to self-determination. How do government and non-government organisations respond to complaints of domestic violence by women victims or their families, or even outsiders? What problems do the agencies face in constructing a response?

Rites de Passage of Matrescence and Social Construction of Motherhood-Coorgs in South India

Construction of Motherhood Coorgs in South India Veena Poonacha The cluster of rites, beliefs and distinctive practices governing motherhood are informed by socio-political and economic imperatives. This article examines the social/familial control over women's reproduction and reproductive labour among the Coorgs of south India, and argues that the emergence of colonial state and the economic restructuring that accompanied it resulted in greater controls over women's sexuality and modified their motherhood experiences.

Gendered Step-Review of Two Decades of Women s Movement and Women s Studies

Review of Two Decades of Women's Movement and Women's Studies Veena Poonacha The specificities cf women's experience might vary, the meaning they impute to their experiences may also be different and the choices they make disparate. But as long as these choices remain foreclosed by their socio-cultural situation, there arises within the social milieu certain common strands which inform the lives of women. It is from this that feminist political positions arise.

On the Edge of Silence-Gender within Human Rights Discourse

Gender within Human Rights Discourse Veena Poonacha THE language of human rights occupies a pre-eminent position in the various discourses of political philosophy today. Having grown out of the liberal traditions of the 18th century, it has evolved into a complex stratagem to explicate the demands of various groups. It is now widely recognised, that the characterisation of a specific goal as a human right accords to it a degree of immunity from challenge and endows it with an aura of immutability and universal validity [Alston 1986]. The assertion of rights has the potential of expressing political vision, affirming the humanity of the group and contributes in no small measure towards the development of the individual, It simultaneously provides impetus for the collective development of a social or political movement particularly in its infancy [Schneider, cited in Alston 1986).


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