The three books under review critically contribute to our understanding of Gender, Inclusion, Violence and Social Justice. They capture several evidences of gender inequality, violence and exclusion across all levels; but they also show how gender issues in India can be read through different lenses of justice; how scholars, advocates and activists addressing these issues have brought different dimensions to the table, even conflicting at times.
Women in Social Change carries selected articles by illustrious scholars, lawyers and trade unionists from the Council for Social Development’s quarterly journal, Social Change—which has been publishing regularly for 50 years now—to present the shifting frames in the women’s rights discourse in India. Ghazala Jamil sets the tone with a detailed, comprehensive introductory essay and also provides a chronological relevance of the articles as they appeared in Social Change. Maithreyi Krishnaraj’s 2012 summary of the movement over a hundred years prefers to look at the movement as that which has diversified, instead of fragmented, while charting out its changing socio-political landscape.
The volume opens with Devaki Jain’s 1975 article that looks at society’s perception of woman’s behaviour on the basis of her role and the class and community she comes from, and highlights the importance of reordering social attitudes if women’s emancipation has to be truly achieved.
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