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Multi-Dimensional Problems of Women in Kashmir

B.A. Dabla (Author)
Synopsis The fact stands with a lot of empirical evidence that life conditions of women in the Kashmir valley started undergoing change from early decades of the 20th Century. In actuality, mass change among them started from early 1930s when the freedom movement started there. It was essentially in the context of that movement that they were provided equal rights which were enshrined in the Naya Kashmir Programme that guided ideologically all post-independence of the kashmiri women can be related to the initiation of the movement for pol8itical independence. After 1947, when the local leadership assumed political power in J&K state after a long period of alien political domination, successive governments attempted to improve the existing conditions of women. Many efforts in this direction were started. For example, free modern education from primary till university level, including professional and technical education, was provided to them in practice. But, at the same time, these and other welfare programmes were neither planned properly nor carried out with the degree of seriousness and commitment they deserved. Consequently, women in the state experiences partial change and recorded variant levels of development. This all gave rise to many problems for women in general. In the preceding situational context, the Kashmiri women in general faced many crucial problems in the fields of education, employment, health, hygiene, family, marriage, discrimination, exploitation, harassment, culture and so on. Due to these factors, the problems of women could not be solved wholly but were expanded and intensified when they started working outside their homes on regular and remunerative bases. Following this, the processes of emancipation of women in the valley were restrained during the past 15 years of militancy. It follows that the Kashmiri women in the entire post-independence period progressed in some development-related fields, but, at the same time, faced serious degenerative problems in the last two decades. Keeping in view these women-related developments in Kashmir, the empirical studies of this book were carried out in last 8 years in the sociological framework to develop scientific understanding and to generate statistical data about the existing problems of women in the valley. While the first part composes a detailed study of multi-farious current problems of women, the third part deals with the study of women’s problems who are working in the unorganized sectors/field of the handicrafts in valley. The second part presents three micro-level studies of women working in some traditional occupations and modern professions.
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About the author

B.A. Dabla

Dr. Bashir A. Dabla is an eminent socialist of Kashmir. He is professor and head, department of Sociology and Social Work, university of Kashmir, Srinagar. After graduating from Kashmir University, he carried out M.A., M.Phil and Ph.D. programmes of study-research at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Subsequently, he worked in the J&K Government as Assistant Director (Department of Social Welfare) and Press Officer (Chief Minister’s Secretariat) for a brief period. Dr. Dabla started his academic career from Aligarh, U.P. He Shifted to Kashmir University in 1989 where he established the department of Sociology and later enlarged it to Social Work. Professor Dabla has recently been offered the prestigious Fellowship by Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi. Dr. Dabla is a prolific writer, dedicated scholar-researcher and insightful sociologist. He has publisghed 4 books and about 65 papers-articles in national and international journals-magazines on various sociological themes and focuses in Kashmir. The titles of his books are: Ideology, Polity and Society, Working Women in Kashmir, Islam and Muslims, gender Discrimination in the Kashmir Valley. Dr. Dabla has carried out many Research projects sponsored by national and international agencies/ organizations. Some importance projects were. Impact of Conflict Situation on Women and Children in Kashmir (Save the Children) Sociological Implications of Migration in J&K (U.G.C.), Domestic Violence against Women in Kashmir (State Womens Commission), Education and Social Mobility among SCs in J&K (Ministry of Social Justice), Cultural revival among kashmiri Student youth. Dr. Dabla has organized about 16 national international conferences/seminars/workshops, all focused on the kashmiri society. He has also participated (and papers presented) in about 35 conferences-seminars-workshops in different countries of the world. Dr. Dabla is related to many academic bodies and activities at the national as well as global level. He also plays advisory role in many governmental and non-governmental agencies-organizations at the state and national levels. He stands as one of the most-referred author in his academic areas of specialization.

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Bibliographic information

Title Multi-Dimensional Problems of Women in Kashmir
Author B.A. Dabla
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121209234
length 258p., Tables; Appendix; Index; 23cm.