Prem Chowdhry

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Prem Chowdhry
Born 1944[1]
Occupation Academic, activist, artist
Nationality Indian

Prem Chowdhry is an Indian social scientist, historian,[2] and Senior Academic Fellow at the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi.[3] She is a feminist[4] and critic of violence against couples refusing arranged marriages.[5]

She is a well-known scholar of gender studies, authority on the political economy and social history of Haryana state in India[6] and daughter of Hardwari Lal,[7] the renown educationist and Indian National Congress member of parliament for Haryana.[8]

Professional achievements[edit]

Chowdhry is a Life Member of the Center for Women Studies.[9][10] She has also worked at the Indian Council of Social Science Research supported Centre for Contemporary Studies, New Delhi; an advanced studies unit of Nehru Memorial Museum & Library.[11]

Chowdhry is an alumna of Jawaharlal Nehru University,[12] and professorial fellow of the University Grants Commission.

Art career[edit]

Chowdhry is also a self-taught artist[13][14] whose painting are held by the National Gallery, India[15] and the Lalit Kala Akademi, India's National Academy of Fine Arts. She started exhibiting in 1970 and her paintings often reflect on the status of women in India.[16]



  • Chowdhry, Prem (1994). The Veiled Women: Shifting Gender Equations In Rural Haryana. Oxford University Press India. ISBN 0195670388. 
  • Chowdhry, Prem (2000). Colonial India and the Making of Empire Cinema: Image, Ideology and Identity. Manchester University Press. p. 294. ISBN 0719057922. 
  • Chowdhry, Prem (2010). Gender Discrimination in Land Ownership. Sage Publications. p. 314. ISBN 8178299429. 
  • Chowdhry, Prem (Jul 2009). Contentious Marriages, Eloping Couples: Gender, Caste, and Patriarchy in Northern India. Oxford University Press. p. 360. ISBN 019806361X. 
  • Chowdhry, Prem (1984). Punjab politics: the role of Sir Chhotu Ram. Vikas/University of Michigan. p. 364. ISBN 0706924738. 
  • Chowdhry, Prem (2011). Political Economy of Production and Reproduction. Oxford University Press. p. 464. ISBN 9780198067702. 
  • Chowdhry, Prem (2011). Political Economy of Production and Reproduction. Oxford University Press. p. 464. ISBN 9780198067702. 
  • Chowdhry, Prem (2011). Understanding Politics And Society – Hardwari Lal. Manak publications. p. 423. ISBN 8178312271. 


External links[edit]


  1. ^ Central Administrative Tribunal – Delhi
  2. ^ Different Types of History Part 4 of History of science, philosophy and culture in Indian civilization. Ray, Bharati. Pearson Education India, 2009. ISBN 8131718182,
  3. ^ Sage Publishing: Prem Chowdhry Affiliations
  4. ^ Anagol, Padma (2005). The Emergence of Feminism in India, 1850–1920. Ashgate Publishing Company. ISBN 9780754634119. 
  5. ^ ‘Khaps Have To Reform’, Sheela Reddy, Outlook India, July 2010
  6. ^ Oxford University Press
  7. ^ Reformist revisited, Humra Quraishi, The Tribune India. 27 March 2011
  8. ^ [1] Social Scientist. v 21, no. 244-46 (Sept–Nov 1993) p. 112
  9. ^ India Court of Women on Dowry and Related Forms of Violence against Women, 2009 [2]
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 August 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2013. CWDS About Us Archived 5 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Law and Social Sciences Research Network, Nehru Memorial Museum & Library 2008 [3]
  12. ^ JNU Alumni Association Archived 3 March 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ Chowdhry, Prem (artist) (2008). Scarlet Woman (Painting: oil on canvas, for use on front cover of academic journal Signs, autumn 2010). Chicago Journals. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  14. ^ Chowdhry, Prem (Autumn 2010). "'Illustration'". Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, special issue: Feminists Theorize International Political Economy. Chicago Journals via JSTOR. 36 (1): Front cover. doi:10.1086/651184. JSTOR 10.1086/651184. 
  15. ^ Zoominfo: Prem Chowdhry
  16. ^ Salwat, Ali (1 February 2008). "The Art of Dialogue". Newsline Magazine.  Retrieved 21 February 2015.