One of the indicators given importance in assessing the status of women in a nation is the presence of women in the political arena. Percentages are given against total membership in representative councils or politburos or political parties and the higher the percentage the more the marks given to the country for having moved women up the ladder. But whichever the country, whether developed or underdeveloped, Asian, African or Anglo-Saxon, Communist, Capitalist or Fascist, small or big, Christian, Islamic, Hindu or Buddhist, tribal or non-tribal, this percentage is so low that no external factor seems visible and obvious as the critical lever for enhancing women’s political participation.
Women and Political Participation: A Grand Illusion
ELITE WOMEN IN INDIAN POLITICS by Vijay Agnew Vikas Publishing House, N. Delhi, 1979, 163 pp., 50.00
SYMBOLS OF POWER: STUDIES ON THE POLITICAL STATUS OF WOMEN IN INDIA: WOMEN IN A CHANGING SOCIETY - 1by Vina Mazumdar Allied Publishers, N. Delhi, 1979, 373 pp., 60.00
Jan-Feb 1980, volume 4, No 1-2