Sunday, September 21,
Women who showed the way
Women Pioneers in
edited by Sushila Nayar and Kamla Mankekar. National Book Trust.
Pages 447. Rs 115.
role of women in social, educational, cultural, economic and
political spheres is gaining impetus with the publication of books
on issues relating to women. However, there are few studies on womenís
role in national development, and the few there are unable to
emphasise the importance of the role played by women in
socio-religious reform movements and the freedom struggle. The
approach to the subject has been elitist and there are a few
autobiographies of elite women. The lives and conditions of a large
majority of women, or their response to changing historical forces
have been unexplored and thus marginalised in history. This book
tries to fill this gap and attempts to bring out the role played by
women in building modern India.
The book contains
biographies of both well-known as well as unsung women pioneers in
Indian Renaissance. It has contributions from eminent women of
present times and can be considered as a maiden attempt to portray
women who have left an indelible mark on history and were largely
responsible for bringing about at change in the status of women. The
book has been divided into three sections Culture and Society,
Freedom and Women Liberation and Making a New India, though these
sections have not been formally introduced in the book.