Uneasy Alliances: Traditional Dynamics in Women’s Relationships in Urban Hindu Society (1910–2010)

By Reshmi Lahiri-Roy and Achinto Roy.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies

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This paper argues that in spite of the phenomenal economic progress made by India, the urban Indian Hindu woman still faces major challenges and hindrances in charting the course of her existence, some aspects of which are still located within a very traditional discourse. Women of particular age groups combine highly competitive careers in medicine, management, engineering, and other demanding professions with marriage and motherhood, while simultaneously juggling the eternal roles of the docile, hardworking daughter-in-law and the dutiful daughter. It is, yet again, another sacrifice of individual needs and time on the part of the urban Indian Hindu woman within a discourse that imposes constant adjustment and compromise from one’s birth as a female child. The economic context might appear to be very different in this century, and the socio-cultural discourse may appear to have changed along with it, but the expectations and the status quo of the urban Hindu woman has not changed very much, given the underlying historical and socio-cultural discourse that is still extant.

Keywords: Women, India, Women's Movement in India, Mother-Daughter, Conflict, Memoirs, History, Socio-cultural Discourse, Economic Discourse

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies, Volume 8, Issue 3-4, December 2014, pp.1-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: December 17, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 721.526KB)).

Dr. Reshmi Lahiri-Roy

Founding Member, New Zealand South Asia Centre, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Dr. Achinto Roy

Lecturer, School of Management & Marketing, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, Australia