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Biographical note:

Ritu Menon is a publisher, writer, independent scholar and activist. She has been in trade and academic publishing for more than twenty-five years and, in 1984, co-founded Kali for Women, India's first and oldest feminist press. Menon is active in the women's and women's studies movements in India and South Asia, working collaboratively with many individuals and organizations in the region on a wide range of issues—media; conflict and peace;

violence; militarization; publishing and writing. She is currently coordinating Women's WORLD's project on gender-based censorship in India and is in the process of setting up Women's WORLD India, a national network of writers. She is also completing a landmark study on the status of Muslim women in India. She has co-edited several anthologies of stories by Indian women; a collection of essays on women, religion, and development from India and Pakistan; and is co-author of Borders & Boundaries: Women in India's Partition, a path-breaking oral history. Unmaking the Nation: A Three Country Perspective on the Partition of India is forthcoming.



  • Menon, Ritu and Kamla Bhasin. "Recovery, Rupture, Resistance: Indian State and Abduction of Women during Partition." Economic and Political Weekly, April 24, 1993.
  • — and Urvashi Butalia. Making a DIfference: Feminist Publishing in the South. Bellagio: Bellagio Publishing Network, 1995.
  • — and Kamla Bhasin. Borders & Boundaries: Women in India's Partition. Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1998.
  • "Reproducing the Legitimate Community: Secularity, Sexuality, and the State in Postpartition India." In Appropriating Gender: Women's Activism and Politicized Religion in South Asia. Edited by Patricia Jeffrey and Amrita Basu. London: Routledge, 1998.

Edited volumes

  • Publishing for Social Change. Edited by Ritu Menon and Florence Howe. New Delhi and New York: Kali for Women and the Feminist Press, 1966.
  • Against All Odds. Edited by Ritu Menon, Kamla Bhasin, and Nighat Said Khan. New Delhi: Kali for Women, 1996.



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