India On Their Minds

8 Women. 8 Ideas of India

Ritu Menon


Women Unlimited, New Delhi, 2023

Language: English

136 pages

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Anniversaries are markers, and a country's 75th anniversary commemorating its independence from colonial rule, is certainly special. But an anniversary can also offer an opportunity for reflection, reassessment, and even introspection on that defining moment in a country's, and a people's, lives.

The eight women in this slim volume are among the many who witnessed, and participated in, the events leading up to the independence of India and who wrote about both the events, as well as their impact on individual lives. They observed the birth of the nation and recorded that epochal moment, as well as its aftermath, in short story, novel, essay, memoir and autobiography.

How did they think of themselves, or of their relationship, with their country? What was nation or nationalism for them? Did they see them as linked, or as discrete? How did they locate themselves in both nation and country—as participants, interlocutors, commentators, and actors, yes, but always, although not always statedly, as women.

What better way to mark the 75th anniversary of Indian independence than to offer up these eight women's ideas of India in a consideration of, and through, their own words and writing.

Ritu Menon

Ritu Menon is co-founder of Kali for Women, India's oldest feminist press, and of Women Unlimited, an associate of Kali for Women. She has written and published widely on women, and is co-author of Borders & Boundaries: Women in India's Partition; Unequal Citizens: A Study of Muslim Women in India; Educating Muslim Girls: A Comparison of Five Indian Cities; and From Mathura to Manorama: Resisting Violence Against Women in India. Her most recent book is Out of Line: a literary and political biography of Nayantara Sahgal. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2011.