Reign She Will

It is not a book of the movement, coming out as it is at a time when all the rage is Women’s Reservation Bill. As a well-reasoned out plea that should make readers, irrespective of their gender, asses for themselves whether their perspective about women and their issues is right or wrong, the book can be of interest for all times to come.



Brides are Not for Burning

Tracing the history of the dowry system in India in its evolution from a voluntary gift at marriage to a commercial expectation, this revolutionary book examines the socio-economic backgrounds of dowry victims in Delhi and the forms of harassment and violence they face. Policy recommendations are given in an effort to raise national awareness of the dowry system and its dangers today. (Stosius Inc./Advent Books Division. 1988. ISBN: 9788170271192.)

Gender and Trade

“Gender and Trade: Impact of Globalisation on Women Workers in the Textiles and Food Processing Industries in India” in Trade, Globalisation & Gender-Evidence from South-Asia – Veena Jha

Using the cases of the Indian textile and food processing industries, this study examines how the structure, trade balance and performance of these globalising industries in question influence the employment situation in those sectors. The chapter concludes with recommendations on how the impacts of globalisation can be leveraged for positive changes in women’s employment.(UNIFEM and UNCTAD. New Delhi. 2005. ISBN 0-912917-85-7.)

Gender, Work and Power Relations

Gender, Work and Power Relations: A Case Study of Haryana – Ranjana Kumari

This book examines the relationship between economic development, social status and the economic condition of women workers within rural households in Haryana. By highlighting the reasons behind the changing nature of work force participation by rural women and resulting social impacts, this case study analyzes transforming social relations and economic conditions while emphasizing the economic empowerment of women. (Har-Anand Publications, New Delhi. 1998. ISBN 81-241-0419-0.)

Higher Education and Scheduled Tribe Youth

Higher Education and Scheduled Tribe Youth: A Case Study of Chattisgarh – Ranjana Kumari and S. Radhakrishnan

n examining the impact of education on the economic condition of scheduled tribe youth, this case study of Chattisgarh, India explores the self-perception of tribal people, as well as their views regarding their place in society. The impact of education on the economic and social mobility of tribal students is analysed, as are the issues raised with regard to integration through education. (Radiant Publishers, New Delhi. 1989. ISBN 81-7027-117-7.)

Widows, Abandoned and Destitute Women in India

Widows, Abandoned and Destitute Women in India – Edited by Pramila Dandavate, Ranjana Kumari and Jamila Verghese

A collection of nine essays by renowned experts, the edited volume focuses on the socio-economic, religious and cultural contexts that result in abandoned and destitute women and further stigmatize widows in India. This book examines the status of these women in a historical context while providing contemporary case studies as evidence. (Radiant Publishers, New Delhi. 1989. ISBN 81-7027-139-8.)

Impact of Education on Scheduled Caste Youth

Impact of Education on Scheduled Caste Youth in India: A Study of Social Transformation in Bihar and Madhhya Pradesh – Ranjana Kumari and S. Radhakrishnan

This book identifies and analyses the barriers to the integration of scheduled caste youth into “mainstream” Indian society by examining the social, psychological and structural barriers these youth face. The impact of education, focusing on Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, is evaluated, and recommendations on how modern education can promote greater upward mobility of scheduled caste youth are included. (Radiant Publishers, New Delhi. 1989. ISBN 8170271185.)

Women Parliamentarians

Women Parliamentarians: A Study in the Indian Context – Ranjana Kumari and Anju Dubey

This book is an in-depth analytical study of women’s participation in the political sphere in India, with a special focus on female Parliamentarians and their role in decision-making processes. (South Asia Books. 1994. ISBN: 9788124102176.)

Introduction in Women in Politics

“Introduction” in Women in Politics: Forms and Processes – Ranjana Kumari

This book analyzes women’s participation in Indian politics and examines the obstacles they face, drawing on a range of case studies that arguefor women’s greater role in formal political processes. (Edited by Kamala Sankaran. Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, New Delhi. 1992.)

Women-Headed Households in Rural India

Women-Headed Households in Rural India – Ranjana Kumari

This book discusses the importance of studying the nature, processes, causes and consequences of female-headed households, relying upon a case study in Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh, with the highest rate of female-headed households in India. (Radiant Publishers, New Delhi. 1989. ISBN 81-7027-129-0.)