What does Sidhwa’s Cracking India tell you about gender relations in colonial India, and how do they differ from culture to culture and from class to class?
Sidhwa's work seems to suggest that gender relations in Colonial India took a secondary role to the issue of Independence and national identity. While the issue of gender inequality in terms of power and agency was always present, Sidhwa makes the argument that it never received traction or galvanized people into action because the focus was on national identity. Gender relations in Colonial India took a secondary role to the nationalist movement of being free from England. Sidhwa shows this as the case even in the supposedly...
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Gender issues in colonial India were secondary issues compared to the issues of independence and national identity. Thus women were seen as helpers to get India to national independence. Men in India were always seen as superior to women. Women were seen as more like followers. As a result that status quo was kept during the colonial period of India. Additionally in the lower classes women were even more subservient to men because there was less education and awareness of these issues in those classes. In general throughout India women were seen as helpers to men in the fight for independence and national identity. Specifically women mostly helped out men in their traditional roles as caretakers of children, and chores in their daily living. In conclusion the focus was all about independence and not a woman's liberation focus.