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Debating PatriarchyThe Hindu Code Bill Controversy in India (1941–1956)$
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Chitra Sinha

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198078944

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198078944.001.0001

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Contesting Patriarchy

Contesting Patriarchy

The Early Years

(p.1) 1 Contesting Patriarchy
Debating Patriarchy

Chitra Sinha

Oxford University Press

The chapter focuses on the role of discourse and communicative action in the advancement of gender rights over several centuries, the second chapter concentrates on social, political, and legal factors that led to substantive reform efforts in the Hindu law during the twentieth century. It explores the lack of debate on women’s rights in pre-colonial India dominated by religious discourse and the transformation during the colonial era brought about by the emergence of alternate discourses including orientalist perspective, the views of social reformers, and the rise of feminist consciousness. The chapter also dwells upon the crystallization of Brahmanic patriarchy and the challenge provided by the early debates beginning in the 18th century till the codification of Hindu law in the 1950s.

Keywords:   Shastric tradition, Vedic Era, Manusmriti, Caste system, Sati, Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Brahmanic Patriarchy, Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar, Pandita Ramabai, Tarabai Shinde

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