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THE OTHER HALF OF THE COCONUT: WOMEN WRITING SELF RESPECT HISTORY

THE OTHER HALF OF THE COCONUT: WOMEN WRITING SELF RESPECT HISTORY
$29.00
Item Code: IDG523
Author: K SRILATA
Publisher: Kali for Women
Language: English
Edition: 2003
ISBN: 818670650X
Pages: 217
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.9" X 5.8"
About the Book :

The SELF-RESPECT MOVEMENT launched by Periyar (E V Ramasami Naiker) in 1926 questioned the ways in which the lower castes wee systematically excluded from the Indian nation and constructed as the 'Other' by the Brahmin elites. While Periyar's role within the movement has received critical and scholarly attention, women Self-Respecters and the issues they raised have gone largely unnoticed. This collection of essays and fiction by women Self-Respecters translated from the Tamil could serve as the material basis for writing an alternative history of the movement. In mapping the voice of women who identified with the movement, this anthology helps us arrive at a different and richer understanding of what the Self-Respect movement stood for. There is an urgent need not only to improve upon existing Self-Respect histories but also to critique the ways in which they have so far been written. This anthology provides a basis for such a critique.

About the Author

K SRILATA teaches English at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad She was a fulbright scholar at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her collection of poems, Seablue child, has recently been published by the Brown Critique.

CONTENTS

Acknowledgementsix
Prefacexiii
SECTION I
Stories, Treatises and Essays by Women Self-Respecters
Introduction: Getting Past the Legacy of Periyar:
Women and Agency in the Self-Respect Movement
3
The Self-Respect Journal: A Note20
What is In Store For Us?
(Enngall Gathi Yenna?)
KAMALAKSHI
28
Womenfolk and Self-Respect Principles
(Penn Makkallum Suyamariathai Kollgaigallum)
TRICHI NEELAVATHI
32
Pankajam's Tragic Death
(Pankajatin Paridaba Maranam)
ANONYMOUS
37
Tituals
(Sadangugal)
NEELAVATHI RAMASUBRAMANIAM
41
Which Grew Bigger-the Ring or the Body?
(Vallarnthathu Modirama Udamba?)
JANKI
44
The Women's Movement
(Penngall Iyakkam)
Mu.MARAGATHAVALLIYAR
47
Vignettes
(Kadambam)
NEELAVATHI RAMASUBRAMANIAM
50
The Skies Won't Bring Forth Rain
(Mazhai Peyyathu)
JANKI
54
The Sufferings of the Adi-dravidas
(Adidravidarin Thuyaram)
MU. MARAGATHAVALLIYAR
56
Half a Coconut
(Thengai Moodi)
JANKI
60
Is widowhood a question of Fate?
(Vidhavaigall Aavadu Thalaividia?)
TRICHI NEELAVATHI
64
The Ritual of Garuda Sevai
(Garuda Sevai Sadangu)
MISS AND MRS KAMALAKSHI
69
The Progress of Women
(Penngall Munetram)
MU. MARAGATHAVALLIYAR
72
Why Was Woman Enslaved? Muslim Women are
Slaves Too! The Plight of Muslim Widows
(Penn Yenn Adimai Aanaall? Muslim Penngallum Adimaigalle Daan! Muslim Vidhavaigallin Nilamai)
ALHAJ SUBAKO
75
Is the Bliss of Freedom Not For Us?
(Inba Suthanthiram Yengallakku Ilaiyaa?)
NEELAVATHI RAMASUBRAMANIAM
78
A Bundle of Grass
(Pellu Kattu)
JANAI
81
Will Educated Women Take the Initiative?
(Padittha Penngall Munvaruvargalla?)
TRICHI NEELAVATHI
84
Women in the Socialist World
(Samadharma Ulagil Penngall)
JAYASEKARI
87
SECTION II
The Self-Respect Novel
The Dasis' Wicked Snares Or The Playboy Who
Came to His Senses
(Dasigal Mosavalai Alladu Madipettra Myner)

MOOVALUR A. RAMAMRITHAMMAL
Lobbying For Devadasi Abolition: From Artiste to Prostitute93
Excerpts from The Dasis' Wicked Snares or the
Playboy Who came to His Senses
(Dasigal Mosavalai Alladu Madipettra myner)
MOOVALUR A. RAMAMRITHAMMAL
106
Conclusion177
APPENDICES
Essays, Speeches and Letters by
Periyar E.V. Ramasami naicker
An Introduction181
The Law Prohibiting Pottukattu
(Pottukattu Nirutthum Shattam)
PERIYAR E.V. RAMASAMI NAICKER
185
No More Thli-Tying
(Thali Kattudal Ennum Sadangu Ozhindadu)
PERIYAR E.V. RAMASAMI NAICKER
187
Self-Respect Marriages and Marriages Devoid of Self-Respect
(suyamariathai-suyamariathaiattra Thirumanangal)
PERIYAR E.V. RAMASAMI NAICKER
189
Biographical Notes191
Bibliography196

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