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

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women belonging to the minority community. Has there been any change in their status, in their self-image in the last decade in relation to the socially dominant classes as well as within the family? What has been the increase in their social and political participation? What has been the impact of the huge literacy drive led by the CPI(M) and mass organisations, as a method of empowering women? What has been the impact of land reforms on their lives? How far are they conscious of their rights and how far have the democratised Panchayats aided this process? It is significant that in both the States of Wfest Bengal and Kerala where there have been CPI(M)-led governments, the parameters for measuring the status of women such as employment, health, education, wages, etc show a better trend. But these questions are irrelevant in Sarkar's analysis. Although Sarkar is critical that the 'collective self-image' of 'Bengalis'(?) rarely elaborates women's status in terms of better health, education, employment facilities, she herself does not do so.

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