Skip navigation

Power vs. representation: feminist dilemmas, ambivalent state and the debate on reservation for women in India

Authors: Sharma, Kumud
Keywords: Women's studies;Women's rights;Women -- India -- Social conditions;Women's rights -- India;Women -- Social conditions
Issue Date: 1998
Publisher: Centre for Women's Development Studies
Description: "Democratisation and representative institutions while setting the terms for citizen's participation, also provide the framework for political activity. Inequalities that characterise our social structure and qualify the notion of 'political equality' are an important part of any agenda for democratisation. The agenda of the women's movement spans the entire range of issues from the redistribution of resources, time and responsibilities at home, to changes in the electoral process, parliamentary democracy, representation and women's political engagement with democratic institutions. The social agenda hidden in the demand for political representation of women and the larger struggle for equalising opportunities continues to pose a challenge to institutions of democracy. The process of democratisation has been resisted by the changing dynamics of class, caste and gender relations pursuing their different and at times conflicting interests."
Rights: NYU Libraries is providing access to these materials as a service to our scholarly community. We do not claim the copyright in these materials, nor can we give permission for their re-use. If you would like to request that we take down any of this material, please write to with the following information: Provide the URL of the material that is the basis of your inquiry; Identify the material you have rights to; Provide your contact information, including name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address; Provide a statement of your good-faith belief that the material you identified is infringing of the material you have rights to.
Appears in Collections:South Asian Born-Digital NGO Reports Collection Project

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
PowervsRepresentation-Kumud.pdf126.44 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

Items in FDA are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.