Wednesday, October 10, 2012

From an article on Ilbert Bill

"Bengali women who supported the bill responded by claiming that they were more educated than the English women opposed to the bill, and pointed out that more Indian women had academic degrees than British women did at the time, alluding to the fact that the University of Calcutta became one of the first universities to admit female graduates to its degree programmes in 1878, before any of the British universities had later done the same."
More about the bill in an article " The Politics of Gender and Race in the Ilbert Bill controversy" by Mrinalini Sinha from the book "Western Women and Imperialism: Complicity and Resistance" by Nirpur Chaudhuri. But I read only a few pages around the story of Mrs. James Hume and Hurroo Mehter.
P.S. I do not know I was led to this but it was after reading a couple of posts of Vinayak Razdan. The article of Ashis Nandy on sati mentioned in one of the posts of Vinayak Razdan is available here.

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