The changing status of Indian women can be traced back to the early Vedic period wherein women held a position of equality in almost all spheres of life. But the position of women deteriorated to a great extent due to certain factors and the situation became worse during the mediaeval period. After independence, a slight improvement has taken place due to the introducation of the Constitution of India where certain provisions for equality of citizens have been laid down for the benefit of women. Moreover, the UN and other world organisations have made certain efforts to improve women's position effecting nations of the world. However, the pressure of old traditional Customs and norms continue to determine the society's attitude towards women. As the North-east region is very much a part of India the problem faced by women of India is equally shared by women of North-east in addition to their unique problems. Therefore, a study of this kind is necessary so that the problems of women in this region can be reduced if not resolved. The present volume includes various aspects of problems against women of the North-east. The importance of the work lies in inventing some valuable innovative ideas, which will be of tremendous help for social researchers, policy makers and activists in working out a pragmatic approach and feasible policy towards responding to the problems more meaningful.
Lalneihzovi (b. 1966), M.A., Ph.D. in Public Administration, is presently a Reader in the Department of Public Administration, formerly North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong (Mizoram Campus) and now Mizoram University, Aizawl. She has been teaching Public Administration at the post-graduate level for about two decades. She has participated in many local, regional, national and international seminars, conferences, workshops and contributed many scholarly and research papers. She has a written/edited four books on national and regional studies including Women's Development in India : Problems and Prospects: District Administration in Mizoram and Role of Ropuiliani in the Freedom Struggle. She also has several research articles/papers published in both the edited books and academic/professional journals to her credit. She is a member of some academic bodies of the University and also a Life Member of the Indian Institute of Public Administration, Mizoram Regional Branch, and New Public Administration Society of India, Warangal. Presently, she is Chairperson of Core Committee, Panchayat Mahila Shakti Abhyian, Government of Mizoram.
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