Author: Anuradha M Chenoy
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8186706429
This book traces the course of militarism in several South Asian states, with a more detailed account of women's experiences of it in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
National security and militarism have traditionally been male domains and the theory and policy of national security, of war and peace, have been formulated, executed and narrated by men. This book traces the course of militarism in several South Asian states, with a more detailed account of women's experiences of it in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Women in South Asia have borne the burnt of militarism in a number of ways but especially because, combined with fundamentalism and national chauvinism, it has reinforced patriarchal practice. With militarism, all other oppressions tend to interlock.
At an everyday level, its impact is direct and devastating. The trend in South Asia is alarming: while there is one soldier for every 250 inhabitants, there is only doctor for three thousand people. The governments of South Asia spend 100 percent more on their armed forces than on providing health or educational facilities for their citizens. In 2001, India and Pakistan possessed enough nuclear weapons to destroy each other in a matter of minutes, whereas women in all of South Asia continues to walk for hours each day to obtain family's water supply. And despite food shortages, South Asia used five times as much foreign exchange for the import of arms as for agricultural machinery.
This closely argued, detailed analysis of the growing militarism in South Asia presents not just the phenomenon, but all its ramifications, examining its manifestations across the region from a feminist perspective, for the first time.
National Security Doctrines and Feminist Critiques
Bangladesh: Poverty and Militarism
Militarism in Pakistan
Sri Lanka: Miniaturization of State and Society