Niranjan Rajadhyaksha reviews The Brass Notebook, the autobiography of the feminist economist Devaki Jain, in Mint Lounge.
The same sense of adventure that runs through her personal life has informed her research work as well. Jain at times wonders whether her unusual approach has led to fewer journal publications that economists in academia so value. It has surely not diminished her impact. Jain embodies the idea of an activist scholar—an economist who travels to see for herself, who believes that knowledge should lead to action.
Feminist economist Ritu Dewan, a former director of the Mumbai School of Economics and Public Policy, told me that Jain is one of the pioneers of gender economics in India, showing the way for many who have followed in her footsteps. Jain herself writes evocatively about the need to think about economic development as if women mattered, especially in a paradoxical culture “that venerated its goddesses but killed its baby girls”.
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