Week 2, The Nationalist Resolution of the Women’s Question, Chatterjee

October 8, 2007

Chatterjee provides an eye opening assessment of how India’s nationalism movement interfaced with and affected/delayed social reform movements for women’s equality in India. In doing so, one learns in detail how complex the process of gaining national independence is.  Most notably, Chatterjee states, “The New politics of nationalism ‘glorified India’s past and tended to defend everything traditional:’ all attempts to change customs and life-styles began to be seen as the aping of western manners and thereby regarded with suspicion.” The “women’s question” provides a clear example of how an emerging nation must wrestle with where it finds its identity and how much it seeks to imbibe the values of the European culture that had dominated the colonized people.

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