Convictions and skepticisms of an Indian feminist scholar: an interview with Tejaswini Niranjana
ABSTRACT In this interview with the Guangzhou-based newspaper Southern Metropolis Daily, conducted in December 2010 during her participation of the ‘West Heavens: India-China Summit on Social Thought’, Tejaswini Niranjana questions accepted notions about women and development, explains the reasons for finding alternative reference points in each other for non-Western societies, which resulted in the historical emergence of Cultural Studies in India, and speaks for the need for substantive mutual cultural exposure between India and China.
Keywords: Indian feminism, Muslim women, personal law, Uniform Civil Code, micro-credit, alternative reference points, alternative comparative frameworks, India, China, SHG, West Heavens, Chindia
Yifan Jiang holds an M.Phil. degree in social anthropology, and has worked in journalism and the non-profit sector in Guagnzhou and Shanghai. He’s currently a coordinator of Modern Asian Thought project, a sister project of West Heavens.