SARI Annual Public Lecture – 2016 – Prof. N. Menon: Mother India (Bharat Mata) and her Unruly Daughters

Prof. N. Menon

Bharat Mata ki beti (daughters of Mother India) is a contradiction in terms, for the Motherland produces only sons – Hindu savarna (uper caste) sons to protect their mother’s ever fragile honour.

Who are the daugters, especially the unruly daughters? in this lecture Professor Nivedita Mennon will explore potential and actual resistances to the Hindu nationalist project (Hindutva) ,  that arise from within the folds of the heterogeneous practices that have come to be called Hinduism.

Wednesday 9 November 5:30-7 pm
Hedley Bull Centre: Lecture Theatre 1

Nivedita Mennon is a Professor at the Center for Comparative Politics and Political Theory, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and the author of Seeing like a Feminist (2012) and Recovering subversion: Feminist Politics Beyond the Law (2004). She has also co authored books such as Power and Contestation: India after 1989 (2007 with Aditya Nigram), edited volumes of Gender and Politics in India (1999), Sexuality (2007); and co-edited Critical Studies in Pilitcs, exploring Sites , Selves, Power (2013) with Aditya Nigram and Sanjay Palshikar.

Apart from research papers in Indian and International journals she is is also a regular commentator on contemporary issues on the Collective blog Kafila (of which she is one of the founders), and active in democratic politics. She also has translated fiction and non-fiction from Hindi and Malayalam into English and from Malayalam into Hindi, receiving for this work the AK Ramanujan Award for translation.


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