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Women and Girls in the Hindi Public SpherePeriodical Literature in Colonial North India$
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Shobna Nijhawan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198074076

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198074076.001.0001

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Girls' Periodicals

Girls' Periodicals

(p.100) 3 Girls' Periodicals
Women and Girls in the Hindi Public Sphere

Shobna Nijhawan

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that children’s periodicals gained prominence as national periodicals. Kumari Darpan and Kanya Manoranjan created a sub-category of the female reader by shifting the focus from women in general to girls and young women. They were self-proclaimed young women’s and girls’ periodicals, respectively. They complemented two ongoing projects of publishers of women’s periodicals: to educate the readers in social and political matters, paying special attention to the woman question, and to create a level of nationalist awareness in these young women and children and to integrate this awareness into the traditional instruction that focused on their roles as future mothers and even leaders of the nation. In their claim to know what was best for the child and making knowledge available in print, the editors of girls’ periodicals gave mothers the knowledge required to educate their children.

Keywords:   Kumari Darpan, Kanya Manoranjan, female reader, woman question, nationalist awareness

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