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Gandhi, Women, and The National Movement, 1920-47

Anup Taneja (Author)
Synopsis In the recent past, there has been a growing interest on the question of gender within historical research, which has come to be recognized as a fundamental category of social, cultural and historical reality, perspective and study. Women are no longer invisible in history. The present book critically analyses the success achieved by Gandhi in mobilizing women on a mass scale for the cause of the country’s independence. At Gandhi’s call, women began to come out of the narrow confines of their homes to participate in various constructive programmes like spinning of charkha, picketing of shops selling foreign goods, wearing khadi clothes, etc. However, Gandhi never directed his attention to raising the consciousness of women to a level where they could start seeing the world from an altogether different perspective. In Gandhi’s scheme of things, radical change in the traditional framework based on male-dominated patriarchal norms was never envisaged. Besides, the idea of economic independence of women was not acceptable to Gandhi.
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About the author

Anup Taneja

Anup Taneja, an Assistant Director (Editor) in the Indian Council of Historical Research, is one of the editors of the reputed research journal The Indian Historical Review. He has also worked as Publications Secretary, Siddha Yoga Dham, New Delhi (from 1973 to 1981) and has taught editing at the Faculty of Book Publishing, CVS, University of Delhi (from 1993 to 2000). He has recently brought out a monograph in collaboration with Professor Aparna Basu (under the ICHR Monograph Series) titled Breaking Out of Invisibility: Women in Indian History.

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Bibliographic information

Title Gandhi, Women, and The National Movement, 1920-47
Author Anup Taneja
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 812411076X
length 244p., Bibliography; Index; 23cm.
Subjects History