How is gender and power discussed in Sidhwa's novel, Cracking India?

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Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The primary vehicle for discussing gender and power in Cracking India is the eight-year-old girl narrator called Lenny. She brings an unusual perspective of a sheltered feminine naive view point that can conclude that women are personally strong and solve problems while men are physically strong and throw violence at problems. As an eight-year-old, Lenny learns that men in powerful make decisions and then nearby implement the decisions with violence, which encompasses both power and gender. She also learns that women are often the victims of the power violence of decision-making and -implementing men. On the reverse side, Lenny sees the quiet, unofficial of her grandmother and mother as they stand up to a gang threatening their home and smuggle gasoline to Hindu friends who are escaping Lahore.