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

Mahasweta Devi’s Draupadi As A Symbol Of Subaltern Defiance

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In Draupadi, Devi presents a strong woman who despite being marginalised and exploited, transgresses conventional sexual and societal standards.
Book Review: Breast Stories by Mahasweta Devi, A Metaphor For Exploitation

Book Review: Breast Stories by Mahasweta Devi, A Metaphor For Exploitation

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Breast Stories is a collection of three stories authored by Mahasweta Devi, a feminist writer and activist. She is a Bengali leftist intellectual, whose writing is devoted to the struggles of tribal communities.
Dalit women writers

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

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These Dalit women writers' narratives centre their lived experiences in a canon where their voices have been conspicuously absent.
9 Women Authors Who Pioneered Postcolonial Feminism

9 Women Authors Who Pioneered Postcolonial Feminism

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These women authors' writings have established the contours of feminism for us, as post-colonial subjects and as women of colour.
15 Books By Indian Women Writers That You Loved In 2018

15 Books By Indian Women Writers That You Loved In 2018

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2018 was a bang on year as Indian women writers wrote fabulous and daring works ranging from science fiction to subversive historical narratives.
Sultana's Dream

Sultana’s Dream And Its Conception Of A Feminist Utopia

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Rokeya Sakhawat Begum's work Sultana's Dream is a feminist attempt at imagining a feminist utopia, named Ladyland.
5 Ismat Chughtai Stories That Highlight Women’s Issues Pertinent Today

5 Ismat Chughtai Stories That Highlight Women’s Issues Pertinent Today

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Stories by Ismat Chughtai continue to unsettle readers for portraying what is still considered to be tabooed and obscene to civil society.
Gulamgiri: Jotiba Phule

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

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Mahatma Jotiba Phule’s Gulamgiri (Slavery), published in 1885, is considered one of the first tracts against the caste system.
Bertha Mason in Jane Eyre

The Madwoman In The Attic: How “Mad” Was Bertha Mason In Jane Eyre?

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Jane Eyre is a strong female protagonist, but does she strip away the voice and identity of Rochester's supposed mad ex-wife Bertha Mason?
5 Urdu Stories That Explore The Plight Of Women In Marriages

5 Urdu Stories That Explore The Plight Of Women In Marriages

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Here are 5 unconventional and bebaak (bold) Urdu stories, by Chughtai, Manto, Hyder & Jahan that explore women's experiences of marriage.

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Why Is Sex Or Sexuality Education In Indian Schools Still A Taboo?

Why Is Sex Or Sexuality Education In Indian Schools Still A Taboo?

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It has often been observed that there is lack of awareness not only with regard to ‘homosexuality’ but also ‘menstruation’. In spite of having discussions around teenage pregnancy, there is also a lack of awareness around safe sex.
Ecofeminism And COVID-19: Prejudices Of A Hindu Brahminical Society

Ecofeminism And COVID-19: Prejudices Of A Hindu Brahminical Society

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The eco-conscious health responses to the COVID-19 outbreak in India have revealed the heterosexist, racial, ageist, casteist, and classist prejudices of an overt Hindu-Brahminical society. The idea of environmentalism driven by capitalism, nationalism, and cultural imperialism exploit marginalised humans, animals, and nature alike. Therefore, the discussions around epidemics, animal welfare, and climate change must be nothing but ecofeminist.
Islamophobia In The Times Of A Pandemic

Islamophobia In The Times Of A Pandemic

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The layer that covers the entire crisis looks a lot like communal hatred or Islamophobia which is something that has been used in a country like India, time and again, to cover up the failings of a government.