Political and Cultural History of Contemporary India Lec 14, UCLA Upper-Division Undergraduate Lecture Course, 14 May 2009 [Spring 2009 course]. Lecture on women in Indian society (and, more generally, in South Asia). The colonial period; the idea that civilizations are to be evaluated by how they treat their women; social and women's reform movements in 19th century India; impressions in the West about women in Indian society; women in public sphere and the participation of women in the freedom movement; women and modernity; some problems: rise of dowry; dowry deaths; and the contrast with bride-price. The question of Sanskritization; anit-dowry laws, and the problems with the enforcement of anti-dowry laws. What in the analysis of these problems is generic and specific to India. Some thoughts on Adiga's "White Tiger".