Mother India Selections from the Controversial 1927 Text, Edited and with an Introduction by Mrinalini Sinha

ISBN-10: 047206715X

ISBN-13: 9780472067152

Edition: 2000

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Mother India, a polemical attack against Indian self-rule written by U.S. historian Katherine Mayo, was met with a storm of controversy when it was published in 1927. The controversy generated still reverberates and thus is still worth revisiting, some fifty years after Indian independence. In responding to Mayo's argument laid out in Mother India, the leaders of the national movement and the independent women's movement in India laid the foundations of an alliance that gave modern Indian nationalism its distinctive character. Mrinalini's Sinha's edition provides selections of this controversial book and commentary on the Mother India phenomenon. It also reprints a range of responses from Mayo's contemporaries. Sinha's edition works to locate the book and the controversy it incited in the context of U.S. domestic, British Imperial, and Indian nationalist politics. Unlike previous editions, Sinha's examines the history of cultural feminisms and the relations between women's movements in the United States, Britain, and India; the examination of these different movements reveals intriguing insights into the nature of the varied reactions to Mayo's book. The edition includes several formerly obscure contemporary responses to Mother India from representatives of the women's movement and of the anti-caste movement in India. Intended as a tool for students and teachers alike, this book will be an important text in the field of women's studies, cultural studies, political science, history, and religion, among others. Mrinalini Sinha is Associate Professor of History, Southern Illinois University. She is the author of Colonial Masculinity: The 'Manly Englishman' and the 'Effeminate Bengali' in the Late Nineteenth Century.
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List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 3/31/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Mother India
Introduction: The Bus to Mandalay
The Argument
"Slave Mentality"
Marbles and Tops
Early to Marry and Early to Die
Spades are Spades
Interlude: The Grand Trunk Road
The Earthly God
Wages of Sin
Mother India
Behind the Veil
Woman the Spinster
Interlude: The Brahman
Less than Men
Behold, a Light!
Give Me Office or Give Me Death
We Both Meant Well
"Why Is Light Denied?"
A Counsel of Perfection
Interlude: Mr. Gandhi
The Sin of the Salvation Army
The Sacred Cow
The Quality of Mercy
In the House of Her Friends
Home of Stark Want
The Reforms
The Princes of India
Interlude: Into the North
Firebrands to Straw
Sons of the Prophet
The Holy City
The World-Menace
"Quacks Whom We Know"
Psychological Glimpses through the Economic Lens
Medical Evidence
Enfranchisement of Women
Select Contemporary Responses to Mother India
Miss Mayo Answered - Muthulakshmi Reddi
Correspondence - Women's Indian Association
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