Author: Mira Seth
Publisher: Sage Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0761994874
This important book is a comprehensive and analytical account of women's development programmes since India's independence. Replete with comparisons from around the world, it discusses the status of Indian women based on regional, religious, caste and class divides.
Mira Seth begins with discussing the historical position of women in Indian society and points out the key issues which have affected women's lives. Another crucial issue dealt with is the status of the 'girl child', addressed in the context of a skewed sex ration, child mortality indices, nutritional status, and the opportunities for self development in the health services and education available to her.
This pioneering work is written from the perspective of a development administrator who has taken an active part in many of the processes - in the role of a policy maker, planner and actual implementer of programmes for women's development.