ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Communal Construction of Women

Tapan Basu Women and the Hindu Right edited by Tanika Sarkar and Urvashi Butalia; Kali for Women, New Delhi, 1995; pp 337, Rs 300. One of the most sinister features of recent Hindutva has been the highlighting of the militantly communal woman in a variety of unprecedented ways. ...Rural women at Bhagalpur in 1989 or upper middle class Maruti-driving women at Ahmedabad in 1991 have appropriated active roles on the centre stage of riot scenes where they would rarely put in an appearance before an ironic inversion of the woman's traditional invisibility.

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