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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 80-92

Theory of feminism and tribal women: An empirical study of Koraput

Department of Political Science, Government Women's Jr. College, Jeypore, Dist. Koraput Orissa-764001, India

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Anil Kumar Mohapatra
Lingaraj Nagar, P.O. - Irrigation Colony, Via- Jeypore, Dist-Koraput, Orissa -764004
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1229.45314

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In the mainstream culture to identify oneself as a "feminist" has been a fashion. Feminism covers all issues degrading and depriving women of their due in society vis-à-vis male members and it has started a crusade against atrocities on women across the globe. It is therefore regarded as synonymous with a movement and revolution to defend and promote issues involving women. However, the concerns that feminism raises do seem alien to tribal inhabitants in the Koraput district of Orissa, because, unknowingly, they are its champions. Its principles are ingrained in their very culture. They practice and follow feminism as a matter of habit that has come to them down the ages. They do not follow it out of fear, compassion, enlightenment, education or compulsion; it is a necessity that comes quite naturally to them. It has been spontaneous and indigenous.

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