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Eugenic FeminismReproductive Nationalism in the United States and India$
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Asha Nadkarni

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816689903

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816689903.001.0001

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The Vanishing Peasant Mother

The Vanishing Peasant Mother

Reimagining Mother India for the 1950s

(p.133) 4 The Vanishing Peasant Mother
Eugenic Feminism

Asha Nadkarni

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses Women’s Role in Planned Economy (1938) in contrast with First Five-Year Plan (1951) and Second Five-Year Plan (1930). Women’s Role in Planned Economy reveals the contours of a feminist modernity. It categorized the women into two subjects—to be developed and those that will do the developing—and charted a new relationship between the elites and the masses. On the other hand, the two five year plans categorized women only as mothers or as victims. The chapter presents Kamala Markandaya’s Nectar in a Sieve and Mehboob Khan’s Mother India to examine how both works refashion the icon “Mother India” into the figure of the self-sacrificing peasant mother.

Keywords:   Women’s Role in Planned Economy, First Five-Year Plan, Second Five-Year Plan, Kamala Markandaya, Nectar in a Sieve, Mehboob Khan, Mother India

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