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Leela Dube

In my obituary on Leela Dube, “Distinguished Anthropologist with Feminist Sensibilities” (EPW, 30 June 2012), I had mentioned that she was the chair of the Tenth ­International Congress of Anthro­po­logical and Ethnological Sciences. It should not be Congress but Commission.

Distinguished Anthropologist with Feminist Sensibilities

Leela Dube's deep knowledge of anthropology and feminist issues made her a pioneer in advancing feminist anthropology in studies on women and development.

Perennial Philosophy

Ethics for Our Times: Essays in Gandhian Perspective by M V Nadkarni (New Delhi: OUP), 2011; pp 262, Rs 650.

Quality of Teaching and Research

On the set of articles commenting on the review of the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR) (EPW, 13 August 2011), I agree fully with the report on the Delhi centric-functioning of the ICSSR.

Missing Units

In the article, “Epidemiological Transition in Urban Maharashtra” by Anjali Radkar, Tara Kanitkar and Madhushree Talwalkar (25 September), Table 1 gives the crude birth rate, crude death rate and the infant mortality rate.

Methodological Concerns

The "feminist" or "feminism" is now replaced by the neutral sounding "gender relations". In some ways this limits the domain because it is not just about relations or roles, it is also about identity, about women's view of the world and their vision of the future. This paper examines various puzzles of the research methodology of women's studies. It argues that the research methodology of women's studies cannot be a facile one. It needs a further advance to say under what conditions a woman can negotiate her terms. Along with intra-household studies, it has to supplement inter-household relations. It should not forget that gender equation has two sides.

Women, Embodiment and Personhood

Feminism has not resolved the issue of the female body; is it all constructed by sociocultural practices and ideology, or, is there a female body prior to this construction? Is it all just a "neuter" body, where femaleness is all what society has constructed, or, is there a female body which is a given, biologically? Insofar as feminism has tried to engage with sex and gender, by trying to move away from a biological essentialism, and in trying to focus on differences between women by caste, class and ethnicity, it deflected attention away from the female body itself. The feminist viewpoint thereby became unable to speak of the body as a subject.

A Homage to Neeraben

With the death of Neera Desai, an era in women's studies in India has in a sense passed. Her contributions were not limited to her scholarship and to the development of the women's study centre at the SNDT University, Mumbai. She also stood out for her unstinting support to young scholars all over the country, to women's organisations and the women's movement.

Women's Citizenship and the Private-Public Dichotomy

In what way does gender mute the acquisition of citizenship? The papers in this edition of the Review of Women's Studies deal with issues of gender and political power: the power for women to live and have rights as a free citizen; the power and opportunity to participate in the public realm by loosening the fetters of tradition that bind them in the private domain. The articles also bring into focus the fact that groups of women cannot claim citizenship rights as free individuals exercising autonomy and choice in their exercise of sexuality or enter the public space, and if they do so it is within the bounds of family or as rendering service as subjects of a constructed Hindu nation.

Between Public and Private Morality

The bane of our life is seen as arising from attachment. However, the ethic of care is the basis of attaining well-being of any society. It implies responsibility for oneself and for others - a kind of balance between the two. Care, responsibility and compassion have to be part of citizenship - values which women claim to have more of and which masculine discourse dismisses as non-rational.


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