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Book review ? Women and Development: Issues and Challenges
The book "Women and Development: Issues and Challenges" is the edited compilation of papers and presentations made at two-day national seminar held in New Delhi which supported by the ICSSR in the year 2017. The hard-bound library edition of the scholarly work is on 21 topics related to women and development interface.

The book, edited by Rekha Kaul and Anita Malhotra, in the preface points out that the statistics around the development are staggeringly skewed in favour of men and the Human Development Index in India has been plummeting  in several indices as far women are concerned. According to the editors, "The hegemonic tendencies of neo-liberal state and the deep- rooted patriarchal structures have further pushed women to margins."

Published by Delhi-based Elite Publishing House, the book also has some insightful write ups of which "Womenomics: Beneficiaries to Determinants" by Lalita Nijhawan  is quiet interesting  which views the concept in terms of the modern necessity who wish to empower themselves through their professional sphere, and able to live stress-free lives with their families. She stresses the need that working mothers should be absorbed into market by allowing to work from home in this era of technology.

The book, which is indexed from research point of view is spread over 216 pages, is a good contribution to existing body of knowledge to further the research work in the area of women and development. Another interesting paper by Lalit Kishore, makes use of the dual code sketch note to describe research methodology and presents operational definitions and concepts through language arts to make technical language useable both by lay persons and serious researchers.  He explains the concept of empowerment through an ABC poem.

The editors find that the book with its inter-disciplinary aspect will be of a great interest to individuals and institutions connected with research work in social sciences as well as those interested in gender studies and policy making.

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