Examine how Modern Indian writings tend to subvert the dominance of a traditionally patriarchal society by giving voice to women's experience.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that Modern Indian writings tend to subvert the dominance of a traditionally patriarchal society in making the case that gender oppression is no different colonial oppression.  Part of the nationalist movement that ousted the British rested in the idea that voice was being denied.  This same claim is evident in the writings of Modern Indian writers who seek to explore the voice of the woman's experience.  Some like Kamala Das suggests that the intricate and complex experience of being a woman lies outside of the domain of patriarchal control.  Essentially, thinkers like Das suggest that no matter what political leaders might advocate as their agenda to repress women's rights, it will not take away from the unique voice of the experience of being a woman.

At the same time, other Indian writers have sought to expand the different cultural realities of women throughout India.  A cultural collection that is varied throughout the subcontinent, writers have suggested that the assertion of women's voice in such different conditions helps to repel patriarchy because it emphasize the uniqueness and distinctive condition of being a woman throughout India.  The "heterogeneity of Indian experience" rejects the singularity of what it means to be woman and the condition of patriarchy that seeks to reduce and objectify women.  In this light, Modern Indian writings subvert the dominance of a traditional patriarchal society in emphasizing the divergent collection of voice within what it means to be a woman in India. 

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