South Asian feminism is in crisis. Under constant attack from right-wing nationalism and religious fundamentalism and co-opted by 'NGO-ization' and neoliberal state agendas, once autonomous and radical forms of feminist mobilization have been ideologically fragmented and replaced. It is time to rethink the feminist political agenda for the predicaments of the present. This timely volume provides an original and unprecedented exploration of the current state of South Asian feminist politics. It will map the new sites and expressions of feminism in the region today, addressing issues like disability, Internet technologies, queer subjectivities and violence as everyday life across national boundaries, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Written by young scholars from the region, this book addresses the generational divide of feminism in the region, effectively introducing a new 'wave' of South Asian feminists that resonates with feminist debates everywhere around the globe.
Foreword by Shirin M. Rai Introduction: paradoxes and possibilities - Srila Roy 1. Sex workers' rights and women's movements in India: a very brief genealogy - Svati P. Shah 2. AASHA's approach to instituting sexual harassment legislation in Pakistan - Sadaf Ahmad 3. Family law organizations and the mediation of resources and violence in Kolkata - Srimati Basu 4. Contemporary feminist politics in Bangladesh: taking the bull by the horns - Sohela Nazneen and Maheen Sultan 5. Offline issues, online lives? The emerging cyberlife of feminist politics in urban India - Trishima Mitra-Kahn 6. Illusive justice: the gendered labour politics of subnationalism in Darjeeling tea plantations - Debarati Sen 7. 'Speak to the women as the men have all gone': women's support networks in eastern Sri Lanka - Rebecca Walker 8. Feminism in the shadow of multi-faithism: implications for South Asian women in the UK - Sukhwant Dhaliwal and Pragna Patel