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

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Fluctuating, Ambivalent Legitimacy of Gender as a Political Category

Fluctuating, Ambivalent Legitimacy of Gender as a Political Category

Debates around the Women's Reservation Bill, whatever their particular stance, have all taken for granted the legitimacy of gender as a political category, in contrast to the fierce controversy that the issue provoked in France in the 1990s over the same issue of political representation of women. With this as a starting point for a reflection on the status of gender in the Indian polity, the author explores the historical fluctuations of gender's legitimacy as a political category, the principles on which this legitimacy is founded and, lastly, its intrinsic ambivalence.

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