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Basic Guidelines for Submissions

We prefer articles submitted in an electronic document via e-mail, though neatly typed hard copy double-spaced articles are also accepted. Please retain a copy of what you have sent for your own records, as we cannot guarantee its return, though we will try our best if you send return postage.

The writing we seek includes work that:

Brings new, important, neglected or unexplored information to light.
Focuses on concrete life situations and struggles of specific groups of people, especially women, in different regions and communities.
Presents original work or new translations of analytical articles, stories, poetry and reports of important events from regional languages.
Offers profiles (not hagiographies) of people, especially women, whose lives have been inspirational for others.
Provides realistic down-to earth accounts of important social movements and the work of significant organizations after an in-depth study.
Offers critical insights into our cultural and civilisational heritage which counter simplistic stereotypes currently prevalent in academic and popular discourse.

We avoid articles:

That rely mainly on sweeping generalizations and unsubstantiated opinions;
That strengthen existing stereotypes – negative or positive.
That describe struggles and movements in a manner whereby inconvenient facts are swept under the carpet to present an unrealistic rosy picture.

Advice for First Time Authors

Every article does not have to contain a history of the entire subject – for example, in an article on a women’s rights organization, you need not include a lengthy discussion on the world wide or all India wide women’s movement. That may be important for a class report, where you need to show your instructor that you did some background work. In writing for Manushi, you should instead restrict yourself to the particular topic you have researched, and about which you have some new information or fresh insights not easily available elsewhere.

Swift reviews giving names and dates of prominent people, without more than superficial generalizations about their mission, or the reasons they were honoured, do not make enough of a contribution to be worth publishing. You need to go into the person’s contribution in concrete detail that indicates what it is significant about the work he/she did.

A description of a movement or person should include enough specifics to insure that Manushi readers are not just reading a rehash of some survey article published previously elsewhere. The author should know the region discussed, have personal access by interview or participation with the persons and movement described.

The article should have some connected point or points to make in its conclusion; it should not end with a few paragraphs carelessly strung together, without a logical exposition. The points it wishes to make should be sufficiently different from commonly held views on the subject, be informative, useful and interesting to justify publication.

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• Zealous Reformers, Deadly Laws
• Deepening Democracy
This book, by one of pioneers of the contemporary women's rights movement in India, delves deeply into legislation and law enforcement to (Read more...)
• Deepening Democracy
Challenges of Governance and
Globalization in India
(Oxford University Press)
Deepening Democracy brings together essays on enduring issues such as human rights, governance, and the impact of globalization on the Indian citizen. The covers a range of issues
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• Women Bhakta Poets:
Contains accounts of the life and poetry of some of the most outstanding women in Indian history from the 6th to the 17th
century — Mirabai, Andal, Avvaiyar, Muktabai, Janabai, Bahinabai, Lal
Ded, Toral, Loyal. Many of these poems had never neen translated into english before  (Read More…)
Off the Beaten Track: Rethinking Gender Justice for Indian Women (OUP)
Religion at the Service of Nationalism and Other Essays (OUP)
In Search of Answers: Indian Women’s Voices from Manushi
The Dilemma and Other Stories by Vijaydan Detha
Gandhi and Women
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