Abortion in India
Conflict resolution and promotion of regional cooperation in South Asia has assumed a new urgency in the aftermath of the nuclear tests by India and Pakistan in 1998, and underlined by the outbreak of fighting in Kargil in 1999, full mobilization on the border during most of 2002, and continued low-intensity warfare and terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. The stability of nuclear deterrence between the two countries is therefore a matter of great urgency and has found a place on the scholarly agenda of security studies in South Asia.
Several books have been written on India’s nuclear programme, but these have been mostly analytical histories. This book is a new departure in that this is the first time that a group of scholars from the South Asian subcontinent have collectively tried to apply deterrence theory and international relations theory to South Asia.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Emerging Issues in Abortion Use and Practice 1. Abortion Care in the Urban Slums in Ahmedabad Alka Barua 2. Women, Work and Abortion Practice: Tamil Nadu S. Anandhi 3. Abortion in Peri-Urban Communities: Married Women Speak Anjali Radkar 4. Sex Selection in Gujarat and Haryana: Some Empirical Evidence Leela Visaria 5. Abortion in Rural Pune: An Ethnographic Exploration Sudha Morankar, et al. 6. Post-Abortion Care in the Public Health System M. Prakasamma 7. The Choice of Induced Abortion: Rural Tamil Nadu P. Balasubramanian and T.K. Sundari Ravindran 8. Pregnancy Wastage Among the Poor in Karnataka: Socio-Economic and Medical Correlates K. Susheela and K. Nagaraj 9. Informal Providers of Abortion Services Bela Ganatra and Leela Visaria
Leela Visaria is Trustee, HealthWatch Trust, New Delhi, India. She holds a PhD from Princeton University, and was Professor (since 1987) and Director (from 2004-6) at the Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad. She has served as Coordinator of HealthWatch since 1996. Her research interests include historical demography, health, education and demographic transition. Her articles have appeared in several scholarly journals. She co-authored Contraceptive Use and Fertility, and has co-edited Maternal Education and Child Survival.
Vimala Ramachandran is also Trustee, HealthWatch Trust, New Delhi, and Partner, Educational Resource Unit, New Delhi, India. She is Partner, educational Resource Unit has extensive experience in qualitiative research, policy and programme development and process documentation. She specialises in planning, design and management of social sector programmes in India, with specific focus on integrated child development, primary education and women’s education. She has published extensively on primary education and girls’ education. Among her recent publications are Bridging the Gap between Intention and Action: Girl’s and Women’s Education in South Asia; Hierarchies of Access: Gender and Social Equity in Primary Education.