Rekha Pande

Rekha Pande
University of Hyderabad | UoH · Centre for Women's Studies and the Department of History

Ph.D.

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Introduction
Currently working in four areas . 1. Gender and Aging, 2. Trafficking of women, 3. Women's work in the Unorganised sectors. 4. Women's History
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May 2013 - May 2016
University of Hyderabad
Position
  • Professor and Head of the Department
Description
  • Carried out the work of the department and gave it leadership. The work included research, teaching, administrative and networking.
June 2007 - present
University of Hyderabad
Position
  • Professor (Full)
August 2005 - March 2007
Maulana Azad National Urdu University
Position
  • Managing Director

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The present paper looks at the historical background of the rise of feminism and Women’s Movement in India. Not only in India but all over the world there has been a close link between the two each inspiring and enriching the other. While the women’s movement is a much earlier phenomenon, the term Feminism is a modern one. Feminism comprises a numb...
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This article looks at violence against women in Indian society and gives an example of a best-practice response to domestic violence. It is divided into two parts. The first part of the paper examines the general characteristics of violence against women within India as a whole and the state of Andhra Pradesh in particular. The second part gives an...
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A journey into women’s studies, project started in 2009 and it wanted to capture the stories and journeys of women studies in different parts of the world. It was felt that it was high time that the story of the next generation of feminists be told so that the future generations would know the struggles and efforts that went into making women’s stu...
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The present paper views globalisation and women’s work and exploitation in a micro enterprise in India, the beedi (indigenous cigarette) industry with a case study from one of the states in India. Rural occupational structures and employment patterns in India have undergone a transition in the last few decades due to globalisation. Newer forms of e...
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This paper examines the standpoints and the approach of the stakeholders working towards combatting sex trafficking in Assam and Meghalaya, India, with the aim of understanding whether the selected stakeholders uphold a gender-sensitive conceptualization, understanding and approach towards sex trafficking. Such an approach is significant since it e...
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The present paper looks at some of the issues of the old women with a special focus on widows of Vrindavan. In 2009, there were 88 million elderly people in India. By 2050, this figure is expected to soar over 320 million. By 2050, women over 60 years would exceed the number of elderly men by 18.4 million, which would result in a unique characteris...
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This chapter looks at some of the issues of old women in India with a special focus on widows in the city of Vrindavan. In India, social mores inhibit women from re-marrying, resulting in an increased likelihood of women ending up alone. In many conservative Indian Hindu families, widows are shunned because they're seen as bringing bad luck. Most o...
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The present paper views globalisation and women’s work and exploitation in a micro enterprise in India, the beedi (indigenous cigarette) industry with a case study from one of the states in India. Rural occupational structures and employment patterns in India have undergone a transition in the last few decades due to globalisation. Newer forms of e...
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The present article looks at gender bias and sex trafficking interventions in the eastern border of India–Nepal. It attempts to understand the socio-economic conditions and other influencing factors that circumscribe a woman’s migration. It documents the interventions by anti-trafficking networks and explores the experience of intercepted women. It...
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The present paper attempts to look at the representation of women in Garhwal miniature paintings, an offshoot of Pahari painting, which remained in vogue from the 17th to 19th centuries. The pictorial evidence presents pictures of a woman on various realms like their functioning, costumes, ornaments and roles. In other words, art becomes a visual c...
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The present paper looks at the historical background of the rise of feminism and women’s movement and doing gender in India. Not only in India but all over the world there has been a close link between feminism and the women’s movement, each inspiring and enriching the other. In the Indian context, while the women’s movement is a much earlier pheno...
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About the Book The present book on, Gender and History, comprises of twenty-eight selected papers from the session on history presented at the 12th International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, at the 12th Women’s World Congress, held in Hyderabad, India in 2014. The general principle of the patriarchal society is that men work in the public d...
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The transgenders, known as Hijra’s (Eunuchs), in India have been one of the marginalised sections of society and have remained outside the dominant discourse of marginality. The problem becomes more compounded if they are involved in sex work. The present paper focuses on the violence faced by the Hijra community involved in sex work, with a case s...
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The present paper looks at the history of development and empowerment and discusses the impediments to development and empowerment in India. It focuses on the three major issues in India today, namely, the attitude towards, Girl child, Gender violence and Globalization, which have to be dealt with as a priority in bringing out the development and e...
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The present book, Devdasis in South India – a Journey from sacred to profane spaces, traces the history of the devadasis from earliest period in temples to becoming common prostitutes. This work becomes very important because , history writing is very biased and has given us a very male centric view of the past. The patriarchal understanding on the...
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Today there is an agreement that our world and our lives are being shaped by the conflicting trends of globalization and identity. However there is a divergence of opinion with regards to the impact of this with scholars arguing about the world being homogenized of being divergent. Identity does not emerge from a single source and individuals are e...
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About the Book Trafficking in women is a reflection of the complex social issues facing the global society today. Trafficking in persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. Almost every country in the world...
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The present paper looks at some of the issues of the old women with a special focus on widows of Vrindavan. In 2009, there were 88 million elderly people in India. By 2050, this figure is expected to soar over 320 million. By 2050, women over 60 years would exceed the number of elderly men by 18.4 million, which would result in a unique characteris...
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The present paper looks at the challenges to feminism in the 21st century and gives a south Asian perspective. All over the world there has been a close link between the women’s movement and feminism, each inspiring and enriching the other. While the women’s movement is a much earlier phenomenon, the term Feminism is a modern one. Feminism comprise...
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The present chapter examines the issue of trafficking in South Asia with a focus on India as a human security issue and analyses the impact of globalization on trafficking and concludes with strategies to deal with this issue. The UN concept of human security has focused on putting “humans first” in developing long-term security strategies, and in...
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Women historiography has been one of the major concerns of the feminist movement particularly since 1960s. Looking at the figure of the courtesan in India-its histories, representations, repression and re-emergence, the paper seeks to problematize discourses of both Universalist and minority history writing that have been built around these women....
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I was born in a village of the present state of Uttrakhand in the Himalayan valleys, but I did not spend much time there. With my father in the army, as a child I moved around the country quite a bit, and I made friends and met many new people in the different postings that he had. I was the eldest of four children: three sisters and a brother. My...
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The present paper looks at the birth of Women’s studies in India and focuses on an example of the its beginnings in the University of Hyderabad. The birth of women’s studies can be can be traced to the recognition of a failure on the part of social scientists to enquire into women’s issues, their lack of questioning of the assumptions, theories and...
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In this paper we made an attempt to study of growth and decline of the institution of temple girls, the sanis in medieval Andhra desa between the 12’th and 18th centuries. Devadasis were the women who were dedicated to the particular temple deity or any specific symbol. A devadasi was considered nitya sumangali, a woman eternally free from the adve...
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ABSTRACT The male centric view of history writing in India is very biased. Women‟s voices are not heard in such reconstruction of the past. Generally, women in Indian history are constrained to the“private” domain; on the other hand, recorded history focuses on their participation in the “public” domain. Devadāsis played a prominent role in the „pu...
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The male centric view of history writing in India is very biased. Women‟s voices are not heard in such reconstruction of the past. Generally, women in Indian history are constrained to the “private” domain; on the other hand, recorded history focuses on their participation in the “public” domain. Devadāsis played a prominent role in the „public dom...
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The present paper attempts to look at the digital divide and the constraints related to information technology, which women share by gender. Along with major subdivides on region, ethnic group, class, and caste, a major digital divide based on gender is emerging in India. Poverty is the main constraint that many women face along with men, in additi...
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The present paper attempts to write the history of women in the Hyderabad state in 19th and 20th centuries. As a theorist has put it, the practice of purdah “literally as well as figuratively” veils the Muslim woman. Assuming that the group most likely to be articulate about their historical situation will be the elite Muslim women at the turn of t...
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In an era characterized by data globalization, there is, paradoxically, a shortage of literature on the social impact of globalization, technology diffusion, and gender disparity. The new information and knowledge society may, in fact, aggravate the development and poverty gap instead of closing it. The cultural construction of knowledge exacerbate...
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South Asia has a family oriented culture where interdependence is valued more than independence. In this era of modernization and globalization, the family in these regions is facing a lot of challenges. While on the one hand families have found a way to stay close and resilient during these times of rapid socio- economic and political changes, yet...
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1. Like most South Asian countries, India is characterised by the involvement of a large proportion of the population, primarily women, in the informal labour sectors. Many of these are home based workers whose difficulties are exacerbated by very low wages, involuntary migration, the need to enter into other allied activities, and poverty. Further...
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The present paper looks at the African diaspora in India with a case study of the Siddi women of Hyderabad. The Siddis are tall built and robust with a dark tan and deep wavy or wolly hair. In common parlance they are referred to as Habshis. Most of the literature available on Siddis concentrates on men and not much literature is available on women...
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In the present paper we examine the institution of ritualized prostitution namely the Devadasis in the past and look at the transformations of this institution on account of the historical forces that have mutated it in a form that has few but striking resemblances to the original institutions. Presently known as Jogins in Andhra Pradesh we analyze...
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Rekha Pande argues that globalization in India has produced a very uneven distribution of resources along caste, gender and tribal lines. Poor women in rural areas and in the informal sector have been the worst hit by recent economic transformations. Yet, there is very little realization that developmental policies in general and structural adjustm...
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In recent times, the figure of the Muslim woman is seen as a cause of concern as well as a site of “reform” in the public discourses in India. Her alternating figure swings between the image of the oppressed victim and that of the perpetrator of a threatening minority culture. The national (read ‘majority community’) perception in India, due to man...
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The present paper looks at women’s occupation in the unorganized sector in India with in the beedi industry with a case study. Beedi is an indegenous cigarette, in which tobacco is rolled in a tendu leaf and tied with a cotton thread. This is smaller and less expensive than a cigarette and in the popular imagination it stands for the working class....
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Religion has always played a very crucial role in human life. Customs, values, norms and principles of religious ethos guide human beings. In such a case the religious movements acquire greater significance as they have a far reaching impact on society as a whole by penetrating even its ideological as well as pragmatic base. One important movement...
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There are three major sects of Hinduism, namely, Vaisnavism the members of which worship Vishnu, Saivism the followers of which worship Siva and Saktas or the worshippers of Shakti. Each of these sects is further divided into subsects. Sri Vaisnavism is one of the subsects of Vaisnavism founded by Nathamuni and developed under Ramanujacharya. Like...
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The institution of Devadasis has always evoked a lot of curiosity. Devadasis were temple dancers who were appointed in the temples to take care of the Gods and their comfort. These temple girls commonly referred to as Devadasis in popular literature and dedicated to the temple for performing sacred duties have become an object of reminiscences of t...
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Abstract The present book, Religious Movements in Medieval India, attempts to explore the Bhakti movement in Medieval India. Beginning from the 7th century A.D. to the 18th century, Medieval India saw a phenomenal outpouring of religiosity in the vernacular oral traditions on themes ranging from dilemmas of everyday life to the mysteries of the Un...
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The Centre for Women’s Studies in the University system is a very important tool for women’s empowerment. Since the United National Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, the concept of women’s empowerment has drawn a lot of attention. If development leads only to an increase in production, then it tends to reinforce and exaggerate the...

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