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An examination and critical analysis of the life-work and times of Behramji Merwanji Malabari (1853–1912)—Parsi social reformer, journalist, poet, proto ethnographer/anthropologist, travel writer, and a vital catalyst of change who did much to shape the national reform discourse—I am the Widow is an intellectual biography that compares and analyses his diverse writings and concerns individually, and in relation to each other. This exercise reveals a society in transition in the late nineteenth century, providing us with an understanding of this crucial and formative moment in Indian history. The book also evaluates Malabari’s lifelong commitment to working for the uplift of women, particularly widows, even as it explores the politics of representation and outlines some of the tensions that such a voicing of ‘women’s issues’ by male reformers such as Malabari entails. Whether observing his own Parsi community, women, the British coloniser, or India and Indians at large, as a literateur and quasi cultural anthropologist, Malabari possessed the ‘innate human ability to identify with another’ as much as ‘the ability to refuse to identify solely with oneself’. Malabari had two biographies written about him before he was forty, and a third two years after his death. He then vanished almost completely from the pages of Parsi and Indian history, reduced at best to a footnote.
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I am the Widow: An Intellectual Biography of Behramji Malabari, Author: Harmony Siganporia, Category: Book, ISBN: 9789352873906, Condition: New."