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Jawaharlal Nehru and The Status of Women in India: An Analytical Study

Vinod Tagra (Author)
Synopsis Jawaharlal Nehru, the greatest emancipator of women in India, played a significant role for the amelioration of their socio-economic condition and made every effort to raise their status socially, economically, politically and educationally to make them at par with men. To him “a country is judged by the standard of its women-folk…” Hence, he forced them out of their seclusion and turned “the dolls and playthings” into valiant soldiers to fight the battle for freedom. All strode down to the sea like proud warriors and turned this struggle into a beautiful epic. He introduced the concept of “equal obligations” along with equal rights” in the Karachi Congress while his Election Manifesto vouchsafed to remove their “sex disabilities” and the Sub-Committee on Women’s Role… aimed “for them “equal status, equal opportunities and equal responsibilities.” Later, women were enthused with the “local programmes of self-defence and self-sufficiency…” and they stood shoulder to shoulder with men and directed the national movement and suffered appalling brutality. With the dawn of Independence, “the downtrodden sections of society… trampled upon for centuries…” became Jawaharlal Nehru’s “special responsibility.” India adopted adult suffrage. “Today…we have women in our Central Cabinet… in almost all fields of work, our women take an active part.” The involvement of women in Community Projects aimed at revolutionizing their economic status while “the greatest and perhaps the most revolutionary change” was “Through the enlargement of” their education, and the Hindu Code Bill, Nehru’s greatest achievement, was an important landmark in India which heralded the onset of a social revolution in society.
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Vinod Tagra

Ms. Vinod Tagra is post-graduate in English and History from Delhi University and did Advanced Course in French from the School of Foreign Languages, Ministry of Defence, Government of India. Having worked for four years in Nehru Memorial Library and achieved proficiency in Nehru papers and other private collections, and also in research and reference work, she joined Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund in September 1969 to work for the project, Selected Works of Jawaharlald Nehru, headed by Professor S. Gopal, an eminent historian and an authority on Jawaharlal Nehru. As a Research Officer and then as Associate Editor she has made substantial contribution to various volumes of the project. Besides, she edited Jawaharlal Nehru: The Architect of Modern India, a documentary account of Nehru's concept of planning and development with a foreword by Rajiv Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India, in 1989, and a centenary volume, Kedar Nath Goenka, a prominent freedom fighter and social reformer, in 1991, and wrote Sant Mat: Way to Salvation in 1998. She also presented papers at some sessions of the Indian History Congress which were later published in its proceedings, and wrote some research papers for seminars and conferences, and new articles for the Press. She has been awarded Senior Fellowship by Indian Council of Social Sciences Research to work the present project.

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Title Jawaharlal Nehru and The Status of Women in India: An Analytical Study
Author Vinod Tagra
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8175101881
length xviii+440p., Plates; Figures; Appendices; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.