Is the Hindu Goddess a Feminist?

The question of the Hindu goddess's feminism is embedded within the larger question of the instrumentality of religion in the post-colonial nation – both for a 'secular' politics and for women's struggles in mass movements – and thus, moves far afield of a de-contextualised if more focused consideration of an answer. This article attempts to problematise some of the connections between the Hindu goddess and feminism, between religion and women and the locations, theoretical and political, from where disagreement is articulated.

There are many voices that join this debate, identifiable, broadly, as those of Indologists and south Asia area studies experts in the western academy from different fields (religion, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, language and culture, history), whose disinterested scholarship and academic discussion of the Hindu goddess is given a political edge by being addressed

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