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Gandhi and the Indian women's movement

Lyn Norvell

Abstract

THE acquisition of publications from India in English is the responsibility of the British Library's Overseas English Section, together with the Oriental and India Office Collections (OIOC), the Science Reference and Information Service (SRIS) and Official Publications and Social Sciences (OP&SS), and over the years material relating to Gandhi's influence on the emancipation of Indian women has been an interesting part of this intake. The present essay looks at the subject from a necessarily broad perspective, given the status quo of women in India, who do not make up a homogeneous group. As a result, ' the problems they face in development vary in kind and degree according to the differences in class, community, religion and caste backgrounds.'

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