Sati in Colonial India, Feminist Utopias, and More With Lata Mani

Jul 24, 2023


In this episode,  historian, writer and filmmaker Lata Mani discusses colonial debates on sati, feminist discourse online, and why we need to engage with spiritual thought critically.

‘In Perspective’ is The Swaddle’s podcast series where academics reveal little-known facts about Indian history, society and culture. 


00:00:40:00- Can progressive aspects of religious faith and practices be used to advocate for the cause of social justice?

00:09:49:00- Why is it important to engage with religion in a  critical way?

00:15:24:00- Why do you think it’s important to engage with religion? What value does it have to discourse in our country ?

00:21:49:00- What were the factors at play when it came to social reform related to women in colonial India? How much of a role did women’s welfare play, and how much agency did they have? 

00: 27:25:00- How do different feminist discourses converge? 

00:33:00:00-  What are ways to embody a feminism that is an oppositional force? What are the ways in which we can implement this in the way we practice feminist politics? 

00:35:51:00– What role does suffering play in the imagination and creation of solidarity? How do we ensure the autonomy of dignity from suffering?


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