By Anindita Ghosh
This publication re-examines 'everyday resistance', gender and tool during the lens of women's reviews in colonial South Asia. relocating clear of knowledgeable and awesome figures and drawing on more than a few unconventional sources, it reveals a story of deep and enduring resistance provided via much less impressive girls of their day-by-day lives.
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61 In many of the instances detailed above it is observable that women of all classes—upper, middle, or lower—resisted the encroachment of their menfolk or/ and the state where they perceived it to be unjust and actively made claims. 59 Native Opinion, 9 March 1878, NNR. See the proceedings of the Bill No. 4 of 1887, ‘A Bill to Consolidate and Amend the Law Relating to the Municipal Government of the City of Bombay’, BLCP, 1887, vol. 25, pp. 44–5 and the final reading and passing of the bill, BLCP, 17 March 1888, vol.
44–5 and the final reading and passing of the bill, BLCP, 17 March 1888, vol. 26, pp. 133–4, OIOC. 61 See chs 3 and 4 of Anagol, Emergence of Feminism. 60 PA D M A A N A G O L 45 Open Resistance Finally I turn to the third mode of resistance practised by Maharashtrian women, namely open resistance. One of the more significant trends during this period was aggressive resistance by women over notions of self-respect and respect for others, dignity of life, selfworth, love, and passion that typically arose over differing conceptions of conjugality and marital rights between the spouses.
There were also instances where domestic and conjugal relations were marked by oppression at its most extreme, calling for more direct and open forms of resistance by women. Hence, I seek to show the varied modes of resistance evolved by women—from symbolic to open resistance—all seeking to bring about change either in their individual lives or within society as a whole. 19 Nature and Significance of Symbolic Resistance Amongst the diverse forms of resistance practised by women, conveying protest through literature was perhaps one of the most powerful in the social arsenal.