Why is feminist a label that someliberal, emancipated women recoil from? Why is feminism often associated withaggressive women who disrupt social norms and harmonious families? Feminism In Indiabrings together the writing of prominent Indian academics and activists as theydebate the issue in the context of Indian culture, society and politics, andexplore the theoretical foundations of feminism here. The inevitability of theassociation with western feminism, the status of women in colonial andindependent India, and the more recent challenges to Indian feminism posed byglobalization and the upsurge of the Hindu Right in Indian politics arediscussed at length. Bridging the academic/activist, personal/political andlocal/global divides, this collection of feminist writing shows how the movementis part of a larger project of consolidating the liberal values of secularismand democracy. This collection is invaluable as a succinct overview of Indianfeminism.