New Trends of Feminism in Anurdha Marwa’s Sarkari Feminism

Azeez Jasim Mohammed


In this paper, Indian feminism with reference to Marwa’s play “Sarkari Feminism” is the focus of study. It projects the two new trends which Marwa criticizes. The first of which is the call for a lesbian relationship as a substitute for a failed one to save woman from philandering on one hand and to give the patriarchal community a lesson to equalize woman. In the second trend, Marwa brings about a theme of incest or a rape case by a family member. As a unique solution to such a case, she suggests a way in which she counters the social conventions through giving the victimized girl the right to elope and seek shelter with whoever is able to save her even if the rescuer does not belong to the same community. “Sarkari Feminism” in its varied dimensions of countering the patriarchal dominated society shows its ability to even reverse the conventional patterns if it helps to bring about a new, independent and ‘Unwomanly Woman’.


Sarkari Feminism, Indian Feminism, Feminist Theory, Queer Relationship, Incest

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Rao, Raghvendra. The Indian Express. See the following link:

Sanyukta Saha is an actress who plays Kirti character in Sarkari Feminism. For more information please see her essay "India: Women's Activism In Play Acting Mode", Women's Feature Service, November 29, 2010.

The Cenci is a tragic play by Percy Bysshe Shelley written in 1819 and adapted on the stage by Antonin Artaud in 1935.

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