30 October, 2020

Polished Into Gold

A pioneering Indian feminist writes about her formative influences, determination to succeed and her innermost experiences

Polished Into Gold
outlookindia.com
2020-10-09T12:37:37+05:30

She calls herself one of India’s ‘before midnight’ children. Devaki Jain—economist, feminist, author—was old enough at 14 to experience the exhilaration of Ind­e­­pendence and grow up in an India that was still defining herself. Her memoir, The Brass Notebook, captures the optimism and idealism of those years.

Jain began her distingui­shed career as lecturer in Delhi’s Miranda House, but went on to do what she loved best, res­earch. Considered a pioneer in India of ‘feminist economics’ that brings a gender perspective to the discipline, Jain founded the Institute of Social Studies Trust and Development Alter­natives for Women for a New Era.

This memoir gives us insight into Jain’s life, her parents, the chances she had to travel (94 countries in 50 years), the frien­dships she forged (Gloria Stei­nem being one), and the choices she made. “How to project what can be cal­led ‘my story’ in a landscape which was so full of originality, so revolutionary, so full of...

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