ACROSS THE CROSSFIRE:
WOMEN AND CONFLICT IN INDIA
Pamela Philipose & Aditi Bishnoi (Eds.)
Rs 275 Pb 2013
(All rights available)
While the impact of conflict
and violence on the lives of women in India is well recognised
as being deeply destabilising, women for the most part are missing
in the conflict discourse. Media reporting on wars,
insurgencies, riots and natural calamities routinely overlooks them;
administrative responses to the social disruptions
caused by conflict remain insensitive to their special
needs; legal regimes and the redress they offer
continue to be gender-blind; and women remain seriously
under-represented at the policy-making
and peace-keeping tables in the aftermath of conflict.
In other words, it is in their absence that women
register their presence in the annals of our disturbed times.
In an attempt to
address this lacuna, Across the Crossfire
presents a series of news features
commissioned by the Women’s Feature Service.
Written between 2009 and 2011, these features illustrate a
gamut of women’s experiences of conflict in India,
ranging from their lack of access to emergency health care
in the insurgency-hit areas of rural Chhattisgarh and Odisha,
to their extreme vulnerability to sex-trafficking in West Bengal.
Crucially, Across the Crossfire
also documents instances
of women’s courageous resistance, their creative
pragmatism and their inspiring resilience as, time and again,
they reach out across divisive lines and rebuild their communities and lives.
is a senior, award-winning journalist who has
worked in mainstream newspapers like The
Times of India and The Indian
Express. She is presently Director and Editor-in-Chief,
Women’s Feature Service.
is Associate Editor,
Women’s Feature Service. She has written extensively on issues of social concern.