The leading ladies of Bengali theatre in the late 19th and 20th centuries presented an intriguing portrait of women caught between two worlds, liberated in a way, yet shackled in others. A recent performance as tribute to these artists leads Shoma Chatterji to reminisce their lives and times.
A former member of the National Commission for Women, Syeda Hameed records the powerlessness of the institution
in her new book, They hang: Twelve women in my portrait gallery.
Deepti Priya Mehrotra
notes the chilling refusal of the system to defend women against atrocities.
Mere participation as labourers is not enough to mainstream women's concerns in water management. Instead, they
must be engaged as partners, whose roles are located in larger social and political structures.
reviews Flowing Upstream, a collection of essays drawing attention to this distinction.