Forced Identities: the State, Communalism, Fundamentalism and Women in India



This chapter examines the process through which communal identities have been created in India and its implications for women. It argues that processes affecting Muslim women in India cannot be understood in isolation but must be set in the broader context of communalism, emerging fundamentalism and the dynamics of the relation between the post-colonial state, capitalist development and patriarchal control.


Communal Violence Muslim Woman Communal Identity Political Weekly Forced Identity 
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