ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Garhwali Women Limits of Change

R S Rana Higher literacy rate and greater workforce participation has not improved the social recognition of Garhwali women. THE Garhwal region stretches from the border of south-east Himachal Pradesh to north-west districts of Kumaon, engulfing 3.2 million hectare land mass of five hill districts namely, Dehradun, Garhwal, Chamoli, Tehri and Uttarkashi. The region known as 'Kedarshetra' (sacred region) in ancient Sanskrit literature, dates back its history to Mahabharata. Sacred and perennial rivers like Ganga, Yamuna and their tributaries which originate and flow from this region, irrigate thousands of acres of land in the plains, are considered to be the lifeline of agriculture. But the region remains difficult, harsher and even cruel for its own inhabitants, particularly for women who share the greater responsibilities in household economy. This article, however, is an attempt to analyse the Garhwali woman in the context of her role in production and her social position in the family and society at large.

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