By Anindita Ghosh
This e-book re-examines 'everyday resistance', gender and gear throughout the lens of women's studies in colonial South Asia. relocating clear of trained and striking figures and drawing on various unconventional sources, it finds a story of deep and enduring resistance provided through much less outstanding ladies of their day-by-day lives.
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Ranade, and Pherozeshah Mehta, who were elite representatives on legislative bodies, were in a position to influence and bring about change in the laws governing urban civic life. They used their influence to mitigate hardship among the lower classes. 61 In many of the instances detailed above it is observable that women of all classes—upper, middle, or lower—resisted the encroachment of their menfolk or/ and the state where they perceived it to be unjust and actively made claims. 59 Native Opinion, 9 March 1878, NNR.
The transformative abilities and the functions of the project of women’s resistance remains in doubt here. See Kumar, op. , p. 13. 13 26 FROM THE SYMBOLIC TO THE OPEN possible by women? Some of these issues can be better answered if we begin to define ‘women’s resistance’ and also if the right kind of questions are asked of women’s resistance and these lie in the context/s and conditions of her being; the role of the resister, the deliberation of her action and its impact, to which I will turn to now.
Parvatibai Kunte’s petition, 22 December 1888, Bombay Education Proceedings, hereafter BEP, 1889, vol. 3559, no. 164, OIOC. 55 Doolumbee, on the other hand, whose husband had died after putting in twenty-three years’ service in the Satara police department, petitioned for an allowance because she was ‘childless, and alone and quite destitute for the means of support’. Quite a few petitions were by women demanding compensation for the loss of their husbands’ lives in the execution of public duties—for example while trailing rebellious Bhils or dacoits or from accidental killing by European soldiers.
Behind the Veil: Resistance, Women and the Everyday in Colonial South Asia by Anindita Ghosh