ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Gandhi on Women

Madhu Kishwar This article reviews and analyses the role of Gandhi indrawing a large number of women into the mainstream of the freedom movement Gandhi's ideas about women and their role in public life was a departure from those of the 10th century reformers. He saw women use potential force in the struggle to build a new social order He consciously' attempted to articulate the connections between private and public life in order to bring women into the struggle, However, he failed to come to terms with the fact that oppression is not a -vorat condition but a social and historical experience relating to production relations. On the other hand even while insisting that a woman's real sphere of activity was the home, he was instrumental in creating conditions which could help women break the shackles of domesticity:

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