About the BookThe male dominance and male preference in our society has resulted in discrimination and humiliating status of females. This is not limited to any particular societal segment, but is almost uniform in all segments—rich/poor, educated/uneducated, rural/urban, upper caste/lower caste, different religions/regions, etc. However, it is less evident in tribal societies and matriarchal/matrilineal societies. The females are subjected to various physical, economic, social and psychological discrimination and torture at workplace, in family and outside.
The evolution of Indian society and culture is brightly illuminated with women possessing dignified position along with men in all socio-intellectual activities in spite of the patriarchal nature of the society. Women’s dignity continued for ages till the traditional society—uninterrupted by invasions— functioned to govern the people. The advent of the medieval period in Indian history bore testimony to women subordination. Modern period has witnessed some resurrection, but not enough to restore the lost position of women.
The book Rural Women: From Darkness to Light is the outcome of a research project undertaken by the authors at micro level, based on both secondary and primary sources of information to find out the present status of women, especially those who have lived in the rural areas of India for generations together. It will be of immense help to social scientists, planners, policymakers, researchers, administrators and those who are taking interest in changing the face of the society by changing the orthodox idea of unequal treatment and discrimination against mothers and future mothers.About the Author/sKrishna Chandra Pradhan, a faculty in the Department of Economics, Khemundi College, Digapahandi of Odisha, had a distinguished academic career in the historic Khallikote College of Berhampur University, Berhampur. He obtained his M.A. and LL.B. degrees from that University, and was awarded Ph.D. by Pandit Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur (C.G). for his work “Conditions of Female Children in Odisha: With Special Reference to Ganjam District”. He has participated and presented papers in many national and international conferences, and has published over six dozen research articles in different national and international journals. He has written over half a dozen books on different dimensions. His studies are mainly interdisciplinary in nature which encompass gender, social exclusion, rural development, labour, etc. Dr. Pradhan is intimately associated with many educational, research and professional bodies.
Aswini Kumar Mahapatro, a social activist-cum-researcher who is closely associated with many NGOs as key resource person, had a brilliant academic career from Berhampur University, Odisha from where he obtained M.A. (Eco.), LL.M. B.Ed. and Ph.D. in Law, for his research work “A Critical Study of Law of Obscenity vis-à-vis the Freedom of Speech & Expression under Indian Constitution”. He has the distinction of publishing many research articles in different national and international journals. He is also a regular contributor to many Oriya and English newspapers and periodicals on different dimensions of socio-legal and socio-economic affairs. He has co-authored a book, Women’s Dignity: A Socio-Legal Study with Dr. K.C. Pradhan.