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The Indian Women’s Movement

Srila Roy
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Srila Roy: University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Journal of South Asian Development, 2015, vol. 10, issue 1, 96-117

Abstract: The article documents some of the transformations to the women’s movement in India in the post-independence period. Given the empirical and ideological centrality of nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) in the terrain of Indian feminism, the article focuses on dominant feminist responses to ‘NGOization’ in the form of critiques of the alleged cooption and professionalization of the women’s movement and the loss of political autonomy, a key ideal amongst Indian feminists. As a response to these criticisms, I suggest that there is a need to go beyond the ‘NGOization paradigm’ in evaluating a new feminist landscape, especially after the Delhi rape of 2012. ‘NGOisation’ offers limited conceptual tools to make sense of the present moment if not entirely hiding from view the political possibilities that it offers for feminist reflection and (re)mobilization.

Keywords: Feminism; women’s movements; NGOs; NGOisation; India (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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