The lanes of Shapur Jat

One of the latest entrants to the chaotic village of Shapur Jat is Zubaan who had a warm opening this evening (with mulled wine, very appropriately). A leader in many ways- Zubaan is an imprint of Kali for Women, India's first feminist press- Urvashi Butalia is a fiercely outspoken champion of the independent publisher, a rapidly vanishing breed... And Shapur Jat is emerging as the location of choice for many independents- and non-independents

Zubaan Books have a number of new titles out. The Gender Politics of Development, by Shirin Rai, for instance, on "how gender politics has emerged and developed in post-colonial states. In chapters on key issues of nationalism and nation-building, the third wave of democratization, and globalization and governance, Rai argues that the gendered way in which nationalist state-building occurred created deep fissures and pressures for development. She goes on to show how women have engaged with institutions of governance in developing countries, looking at political participation, democracy, representation, leadership and state feminism. Through this engagement, Rai claims, vital new political spaces have been created. Though Rai focuses on India, the book’s argument is highly relevant for politics across the developing world.

This is a unique and compelling synthesis of gender politics with ideas about development from an authoritative figure in the field."

Women in Indian Film edited by Nasreen Munni Kabir is a set of ten short books that shed new light on the lives and work of ten women who have helped fuel new energy and ideas into Indian movie-making. The stories of Zeenat Aman, Jaya Bachchan, Aarti Bajaj, Saira Banu, Madhuri Dixit, Farah Khan, Mumtaz, Nutan, Smita Patil and Aparna Sen reflect the changing face of Indian cinema from the 1950s to now. The writers include: Kaveree Bamzai, Pajashrei Dasgupta, Charu Gargi, Udita Jhunjhunwala, Namrata Joshi, Nasreen Munni Kabir and Nandini Ramnath.

Individuals, Householders, Citizens: Family Planning in Kerala by J. Devika "adds to the new inter-disciplinary work on questions traditionally considered native to demography. It employs some of the insights of economists and demographers on Kerala’s demographic transition as entry points for critical historical inquiry into questions of gender and power in contemporary Kerala. The book is of interest to anyone interested in Kerala’s experience of social development and its demographic ‘achievements’."

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