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My book entitled Women in Agriculture, coauthored with Amita Shah, taught me much about women’s work in agriculture (Krishnaraj and Shah 2004). Even today, women are the mainstay of family farms and due to male migration, women bore a heavy burden without any support in the form of improved technology, markets and inputs (Krishnaraj 1998). In many houses, I saw women carrying even the plough on their shoulders for lack of help in hiring bullocks in the absence of male family members. My deep concern with agriculture in India on which I wrote some articles to emphasize the criticality of agriculture to India’s development earned me the sobriquet of “agricultural fundamentalist” by the Delhi policy-makers.
Her relationships with her family, her hometown and the state of Israel remain complicated and fraught with contradictions. Today, however, she is able to embrace these contradictions and has the vocabulary and conceptual tools to explain them. Mona Eliasson (Chapter 17) found that in Sweden feminism or women’s rights were never discussed as such at home, but there were stories of individual women who had stood up for independence of thinking. She found gender equality to be an emerging political topic that caught her interest right away.
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A Journey into Women’s Studies: Crossing Interdisciplinary Boundaries by Rekha Pande (eds.)