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India Dishonoured: Behind a Nation's War on Women

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A look at the treatment of women in India as well as possible reasons why such treatment occurs.
Kindle Edition, 27 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Guardian Books
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Still as powerful and important, two years after it was written.

Old Review- Hundal looks at the various factors that may be contributing to the poor treatment of women in India. The writing is clear and concise. The essay shows much thought and investigation, even at times traveling outside of India.
Tariq Mahmood
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: india
This is a short but very informative book about the level of misogyny in not only India but the whole Sub continent. It makes pretty somber reading as Sunny not only makes his argument with moving individual stories but also with hard piercing statistical facts. I could not help comparing these numbers with the Pakistan where the ratio of male/female is even lower than India. But at least studies like these are trying to raise the profile of the glaringly obvious mistreatment of the weaker sex. ...more
Emily Carter-Dunn
An excellent short piece on gender based violence and gender disparity in India.

True, it does not go into great depth, but it does provide a comprehensive overview of a prevalent issue in India and other Eastern countries.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction-read
A simple and thought provoking read.
Dec 27, 2016 marked it as to-read
* Understanding Oppression: Women's Rights (Then and Now)

India Dishonoured: Behind a nation's war on women by Sunny Hundal | A look at the treatment of women in India as well as possible reasons why such treatment occurs. #nonfiction #india #feminism #crime #essays
India currently has 37 million more men than women.

THAT is a scary statistic.

Another scary statistic? India and china together represent 36% of the entire world population and these two countries have phenomenal sex-ratio imbalances....The author points this out and highlights that this is going to have significant global implications. ...I'm trying to understand those implications but I can't...I'm still stuck on the number and it sends chills down my spine.

I purchased this "Kindle Single" as
Andrew Garvey
Jul 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A very good, very short (far too short) summary of the savagery with which Indian society treats women, this essay is stuffed with references to some sickening crimes and appalling attitudes.

Whether its female politicians advocating rape, would-be parents selectively aborting baby girls, the police laughing off allegations of sexual assault, governments completely failing to enforce their own laws, brothers who think it more honourable to kill their sister rather than let her marry someone she l
Sorabh Sharma
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
An interesting article albeit biased in its narrative. The writer has inaccurately laid blame to Hinduism for India's misogynistic culture; despite it being one of the more progressive and accepting religions with around half of its venerated deities belonging to the female gender! This bias continues further when nearly all the extreme illustrations given in the article allude to those crimes committed by perpetrators of a Muslim background. (Point to note: India's Muslim population is only 14% ...more
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
An expertly laid out, succinct (I'm even tempted to say "comprehensive" but for how short the book is) analysis of the problems women face in India today. Hundal packs a tremendous amount of information into this tiny book, and formulates arguments most writers would require hundreds of pages to make. This was eye-opening, even shocking, and extremely informative. Most of us in the West don't know much about India, and this mini-book will raise the consciousness of every layperson who picks it u ...more
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Growing up in an Indian family, I was already fairly aware of some of the ingrained views against women in Indian society. However, this short read shocked me. Some horrifying statistics and stories about just how bad it can be to be a woman in India, and it may even get worse. I hope the fact that the country realises that the world is watching in light of the Delhi gang-rape will help change things for women rapidly.
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I saw this referenced in both the NY Times & Slate recently and downloaded it as a kindle single. Absolutely fascinating and extremely persuasive, although I don't have the background to engage with it much in a Critical fashion. I would be curious to hear additional thoughts from those that know the subject better than I. ...more
Jul 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, proofed
An important read with a lot of difficult truths but it's really far too short to offer more than a cursory overview. It gives you just enough to get you all riled up but not any more than that. I'd love to read a more in-depth, comprehensive work on this topic.
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very well written and informative insight into India's views towards females. Some shocking statistics which really highlight just how serious the problem is.

Short and to the point. Highly recommended.
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, non-fiction
A scary essay on an issue India faces that wouldn't seem out of place in a dystopian novel. Mostly well written, but it contradicts itself in places.
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
Welp, this didn't pull any punches...
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1-kindle, asia, feminism
While I'm not sure I learned very much that was completely new, this was a good summary of the situation in India and a reminder of things I'd read previously in newspapers, magazines and online.
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Scary stuff

Scary stuff :( How can this still be happening in today's day and age? Really makes you think about things.
Sudha Ayalasomayajula
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This essay has its flaws, but overall correctly exposes a grossly troubling issue on the rise in India. Worth a read to get an overview.
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Harrowing stuff but highly recommended. Nice to read a non-fiction book that doesn't seek to bad itself to longer than it needs either.
Darshani Workman
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a sobering read. Good insight to the less glamourous side of India today.
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