This is a study on searching for voices of those who are usually identified as silent masses in social movements. They are identified as participants here. Participation of women in social movements is seen in terms of their day-to-day activities–what they did during different phases of the Bodo movement. It further concentrates on the process of organising women within the Bodo movement. This study has portrayed the Bodo women as leaders and effective organisers at the grass-roots level. It has tried to reflect concerns of women to reorganise the existing socio-economic situation of their own community and their sincere efforts to maintain peace.
Sucheta Sen Chaudhuri (b. 1963) is attached to the Department of Tribal Studies, Arunachal University, Arunachal Pradesh where she teaches Anthropology to post-graduates and tribal situation of India for the M.Phil course. This work is an outcome of her doctoral study she did under an-ICSSR pay-protected fellowship during 1997-1999. She was attached to Anthropological Survey of India during 1991-1997. She is a post-graduate in Anthropology of Calcutta University and did her Ph.D. in the Department of Anthropology, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong. Since the beginning she is working in the field of women studies and is currently conducting a project on women and weaving in the context of Arunachal Pradesh.
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