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Crossing the Sacred Line: Women's Search for Political Power

Sabina Kidwai (Author) Abhilasha Kumari (Author)
Synopsis "Few women participate in politics, fewer still make it to any significant position in the party or government and finally only very few are committed to and closely identify with women's issues and the women's movement. Nor have political parties taken up these questions, though limitations to participation faced by groups have been taken up in the context of the scheduled castes and tribes. The tendency has been towards conformity and compromise for reasons of political expediency and consolidation of vote banks. Yet the growing strength of the women's movement has given women some strength within their parties, and has also made the parties senstitive to women's issues. This book looks at these issues in the context of the political parties--their history and ideologies, political committments (manifesto and policy), organizational structure, mode of functioning and the place of women's organizations within the party. The authors conclude that the time has come, both due to the growth of the women's movement and the demand for reservations for political parties to confront these questions, and to find answers to them."
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About the authors

Sabina Kidwai

Sabina Kidwai, film maker and a graduate of the Mass Communication Centre. She has also helped produce several low-budget documentary films on socially relevant issues.

Abhilasha Kumari

Abhilasha Kumari, has many years of experience as a teacher and researcher in the field of mass communication and development. She is currently Research Fellow at the Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

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Bibliographic information

Title Crossing the Sacred Line: Women's Search for Political Power
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1998
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8125014357
length x+240p., 23cm.