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In this section, find listicles of Indian feminist books, book reviews and book excerpts by Feminism in India.

A scene from Tagore's Streer Patra

Finding Feminism In Rabindranath Tagore’s Streer Patra

Rabindranath Tagore used his writing to effect a cultural revolution. Streer Patra exposes the plight of widows in 19th century Bengal.
Beautiful Thing

Book Review: Beautiful Thing – Inside The Secret World Of Bombay’s Dance Bars By...

Beautiful Thing positions the story of Leela, a bar dancer, against the larger picture of the bar dancing and sex work industry in Bombay.
Dalit women writers

Six Books By Dalit Women Writers Exploring Lives Lived On The Margins Of Caste...

These Dalit women writers' narratives centre their lived experiences in a canon where their voices have been conspicuously absent.
Gulamgiri: Jotiba Phule

A Reading Of Jotiba Phule’s Gulamgiri: A Seminal Text On Caste

Mahatma Jotiba Phule’s Gulamgiri (Slavery), published in 1885, is considered one of the first tracts against the caste system.
Kari Book Cover

Kari: A Graphic Novel About Lesbianism and Big-City Love

Kari is a graphic novel featuring a lesbian woman in search of her identity in a deeply heterosexual society that sidelines homosexual love.
Karukku by Bama

‘Karukku’: An Autobiography By Bama Exploring Her Tamil, Dalit And Christian Identity

Karukku by Bama is an elegy to the community she grew up in and her intersecting identities as a Tamil, Dalit, and Christian woman.
Draupadi

The Draupadis Of Today: Exploring Draupadi With A Feminist Lens

But what Draupadi is remembered for is not the fierce, intelligent woman that she was but the woman who was disrobed at the great hall and had to be saved by Krishna. Casting her into the role of a damsel in distress who needs saving is a betrayal to the fierceness of her soul.
Urmila Pawar's 'Mother Wit'

The Truth About Fiction: Looking At Caste, Gender And Dissent In Urmila Pawar’s Short...

Urmila Pawar's fiction explores the axes of caste, class & gender and brings forth vivid everyday lived realities of Dalit women.
Pink Sari Revolution Book Cover

Book Review: Pink Sari Revolution by Amana Fontanella Khan

'Pink Sari Revolution' is a book inspired by the activities of the 'Gulabi Gang' in Bundelkhand, Uttar Pradesh. Gulabi Gang is representative of the extraordinary women's movement in Banda district of Uttar Pradesh led by Sampat Pal Devi in 2006.
आधी दुनिया के चश्मे से कंट्रोल Z: यानी तुम लौट आओ

आधी दुनिया के चश्मे से ‘कंट्रोल Z’: यानी तुम लौट आओ

‘कंट्रोल Z’ का अर्थ ही यही है कि इतिहास के अंधेरे में गुम हो गर्इं शख्सियतों को हम फिर से लौटा लाएं अपनी नई पीढ़ी के लिए

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Sikh names are empowering in nature, they go beyond gender, caste and patriarchy. However, their limitations and current practice restricts them.

Sikh Names: Beyond Gender, Caste And Patriarchy

Sikh names are empowering – they go beyond gender, caste and patriarchy. However, their limitations and current practice restrict them.
‘Make Men Wear Veils and They will Understand our Difficulties’

‘Make Men Wear Veils And They Will Understand Our Difficulties’

In rural Uttar Pradesh, one woman challenges men to cover their faces with veils and then successfully execute their work.
Prithviraj

On Prithviraj’s Statement And The Long History Of Misogyny in Malayalam Cinema

Actor Prithviraj's statement is a small step in rectifying the decades of misogyny perpetuated in Malayalam cinema.