In the course of discussions before the seminar The Issues of Activism: the Artist and the Historian (2003)’ at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda, Nilima Sheikh commented on the close relationship that the body of her work has with the concerns of the women movement in India.
In his ‘re-examination’ of inequality, Sen (1992) argues that the space of outcomes is a more appropriate space for examining inequalities rather than the space of commodities or entitlements.
The turn of the century in India saw the emergence of a newly configured public sphere dotted with the presence of women. Bombay Lahore, Calcutta and Madras at this time were spaces consciously invested in a process of modernisation.
The women movement in India since the 1980s has made for the emergence of a decisive feminist perspective in the social sciences, primarily from women scholars;
Years ago, when I was a child, my grandmother told me the story of the Queen of Jhansi. Heard in her gentle voice, by the dim light of a lantern, it did indeed seem like the most amazing fairy tale.
India has made tremendous progress economically and technologically. However, its benefits rarely reached women.
Independent India has witnessed significant achievements and milestones with the rapid strides of economic growth in the last decade. In this glowing Indian society, women are honoured as a goddess. In contrast to this reality, they are suppressed in every sphere of life.