The Fifty percent Solution

The vibrant series Issues in Contemporary Indian Feminism from Women Unlimited includes the edited books Gender & Caste (Anupama Rao), Feminism in India (Maitrayee Chaudhuri) Dowry & Inheritance (Srimati Basu), Gender & Censorship (Brinda Bose) and Sexualities (Nivedita Menon). And now, the sixth in the series, Reservations for Women, edited by Meena Dhanda.

"This collection of essays and excerpts brings together, for the first time, a range of writings on the issue of affirmative action for increasing the presence of women in Parliament and legislative assemblies in India. A comprehensive coverage of the debate from historical, theoretical, practical and political perspectives locates the discussions in India within the larger global context. The proposals discussed range from the reservation of seats in Parliament through quotas in party lists, to double-member constituencies. Analyses of women’s experience as policy-makers in local government following the 73rd and 74th Amendments to the Indian Constitution are an important argument for extending legal measures to ensure the greater participation of women in the parliament. This book is invaluable to all those interested in the cause of women’s enhanced representation in formal politics."

In our Gender Studies Section, Rs 600. ISBN: 81-88965-41-3. The other 5 have already been there for a while.