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Volume 2 Issue 12

September 2015

Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain: A Nonconformist Voice in Early Indian Feminism
Ms. Chetna , 
Department of English, 
Banaras Hindu University, 
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
The paper is a bi-pronged post-modernist approach to re-understand the nature of the early phase of Indian feminism. It questions the sincerity of the late nineteenth century reformist in raising the women’s question. It argues that the writers deviating from the normative patriarchal framework were marginalized and forgotten. Bringing in the cross textual references and ‘micronarratives’, the study would question the male hegemony, while highlighting the need for the re-appraisal of marginalized body of literature that existed in early India. The researcher has cited the works of Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (1880-1932) to show the uniqueness of her thoughts that defies the charge of passivity on early Indian feminism. Rokeya stood for gender equality and a dignified life for women. The claims of lack of originality in the writings of early female writers stand false when one reads Rokeya’s works, mainly written in Bengali, which boldly demanded for education and equality for women.
Early Indian Feminism; Social Reform Movement; Patriarchy; Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain.
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