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Women in Power?

This paper opens up for further discussion the role of reservations based on caste and gender in the municipal corporations of Delhi and Bangalore. It is centrally concerned with two related issues, the problem of so-called "proxy" women, and the "critical mass" rationale for reservations - whether for women or other excluded groups. Based on a larger research study, the paper argues that while the proxy issue is far more complex than what existing critiques allow, the question of whether women constitute a political identity or force has no easy answers. The relatively neglected world of urban municipal politics presents challenges and opportunities for all those concerned with the relationship of feminism and democracy to questions of politics and power.

Women in Power?

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