The Debate on Sati in Colonial IndiaeBook - 1998
This text analyzes the debate on sati, or widow burning, in colonial India. Though its prohibition in 1829 was heralded as a key step forward for women's emancipation in modern India, Lata Mani argues that the women were marginal to the debate and that the controversy was over definitions of Hindu tradition, the place of ritual in religious worship, the civilizing missions of colonialism and evangelism, and the proper role of the colonial state.
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c1998
Characteristics: xiv, 246 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Debate on sati in colonial India, 1780-1833