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Indian Women’s Movement after Independence

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of Sociology, University of Kashmir, Hazratbal, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 3, Issue (5), Pages 46-54, May,14 (2014)


The Indian women’s movement building on the nineteenth century social reform movement progressed through the period of nationalism and freedom struggle towards the milieu of democracy which was established in India with the achievement of independence. The achievement of the constitutional guarantee of equal rights for women could not fully realize the feminist aims in India providing a new momentum to the Indian women’s movement. The new women’s movement is expressing itself in the form of new organizations and groups which are emerging, new agitations and campaigns which are taking place to fulfill the dream of women being emancipated. It is in this background that the present paper attempts to understand the various aspects of the women’s movement and track the shifts witnessed by it in the post-independent era. New debates and issues are emerging in the course of evolution of the feminist movement. The paper makes an attempt to present a picture of how these debates and issues are shaping women’s question in India.


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