V. Geetha

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V. Geetha
Born Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Writer in Tamil and in English on history, culture and gender.
Notable work Undoing Impunity- Speech after sexual violence, Gender (Theorizing Feminism) and Towards a non-Brahmin Millennium.

V. Geetha is an Indian feminist activist who writes on issues related to caste, gender, education and civil rights.[1][2] She operates from Madras (now known as Chennai) and has carried out research on the nature and proliferation of NGOs operating in Tamil Nadu. She has set up the federation of women's groups in the state and is also the editorial director at Tara Books.[3][1] Other than this, she has translated two of Perumal Murugan's novels into English.[4] Based on her research, she has observed that "Violence as an experience seemed to me to represent a point of intersection of trajectories of hurt, touch, love, fear, hunger and shame. It seemed to inhere as much in the grime of every day life, in habitual tone, gesture and touch, as it did in the particular and determined act of violence."[5]


V. Geetha is a feminist activist, writer and historian from Chennai, Tamil Nadu.[6] She studied at Madras Christian College and University of Iowa and was involved in political activism during her college days. Among various notable literary stalwarts, works by Shakespeare inspired her the most. 19th century fiction writers like George Eliot, Leo Tolstoy and Joseph Conrad has also influenced her intellectual understanding. Among Indian writers, she is fond of Medieval Vaishnavaite Bhakti Poetry and the modernists including A. Madavaihah and Subramania Bharati. Apart from this, Bangla writer Sabitri Ray, historian Sheila Rowbotham and critic Marina Warner are few among many women writers who have influenced her literary inclination. As far as her political ideology is concerned, teachings of Ambedkar, Perriyar, Fanon and K.Balagopal has had an immense influence on her.[1]


After completing her studies, she has worked as professor and director at Research Centre for Women's Studies SNDT Women's University, Mumbai and is now engaged in writing, teaching and research on subjects related to women.[3][7] In 1998, she joined Tara books as an editorial director and has been associated with various kinds of art and literary projects on mythology and indigenous tribal and folk traditions since then.[1] Subsequently, she also established federation of women's groups from different parts of the state which frequently conducts annual meetings. The Calicut conference in 1990 which had 2000 women as participants was instrumental in the formation of this federation.[3]

Notable Publications[edit]

She has been consistently engaged in writing and translation work and has been actively contributing to various magazines and news portals. Some of her notable publications are: Translation of two novels of Perumal Murugan in Tamil into English;[8] Towards a Non-Brahmin Millenniu co-authored with S.V. Rajadurai; Undoing Impunity- Speech after sexual violence;Religious Faith, Ideology, Citizenship: The View from Below co-authored with Nalini Rajan Kita in which several essays deal with varied topics of history and thoughts starting from the Gandhian era of civil disobedience during the British Raj, on freedom movement which involved suppression of freedom and resulted in humiliation of people, and on the Islamic dogmas of universal brotherhood. She has discussed issues of secularism as it has evolved in the 21st century in many parts of South East Asian region and when communal issues have dominated in India;[9] and the book titled Fingerprint in which she has noted that fingerprinting has been opposed by people on the grounds that it violates fundamental rights of people as it tends to "foreclose their identities".[10] Currently, she is engaged in researching the works of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.[11]

In Undoing Impunity- Speech after sexual violence,[12] she unravels the idea of impunity with respect to sexual violence in South Asian context. She further highlights the idea of social recognition to describe how state not just misuses laws to disregard the victims of sexual violence but also denies their existence to further delineate them. The author argues that this can only be resolved through the collective effort from both the state as well as the citizens.[13] Towards a non-brahmin Millenium is another book co-authored by V. Geetha which revisits the various transformations of Dravidian movements and highlights the radical and social content embedded within the non-brahminism. Keeping in mind the contemporary dravidian politics, the authors also throw light on the relevance of non-brahmin movements.[14]


  1. ^ a b c d "In conversation with V.Geetha, Editorial Director, Tara Books". Kamalan Travel. 17 July 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2018. 
  2. ^ Geetha, V. "V.Geetha Profile". http://www.caravanmagazine.in/profile/23249. Retrieved 26 May 2018.  External link in |website= (help)
  3. ^ a b c Eldrid Mageli (14 January 2014). Organising Women's Protest: A Study of Political Styles in Two South Indian Activist Groups. Routledge. pp. 16–. ISBN 978-1-136-79169-7. 
  4. ^ "V. Geetha". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2018-05-26. 
  5. ^ Deepti Priya Mehrotra (23 May 2003). Home Truths: Stories of Single Mothers. Penguin Books Limited. pp. 238–. ISBN 978-93-85890-37-6. 
  6. ^ "Class and Caste in Tamil Literature: An Interview with V. Geetha". தொழிலாளர் கூடம் (Thozhilalar koodam). 2016-04-22. Retrieved 2018-05-26. 
  7. ^ "Gender (Theorizing Feminism)". Amazon.com. 1 March 2002. Retrieved 22 March 2018. 
  8. ^ Priyam, Manisha; Menon, Krishna; Banerjee, Madhulika. Human Rights, Gender and the Environment. pp. 117–. ISBN 978-81-317-4316-4. 
  9. ^ Va Kītā; V. Geetha; Nalini Rajan (2011). Religious Faith, Ideology, Citizenship: The View from Below. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-67785-1. 
  10. ^ V.. Geetha (2009). Fingerprint. Tara. ISBN 978-81-906756-2-8. 
  11. ^ "V. Geetha | Author | Zubaan". zubaanbooks.com. Retrieved 2018-05-26. 
  12. ^ Geetha, V. (2016-11-29). Undoing Impunity – Speech After Sexual Violence (Edition edition ed.). University of Chicago Press. ISBN 9789384757779. 
  13. ^ "Book Excerpt: Undoing Impunity – Speech After Sexual Violence By V. Geetha". Feminism in India. 2018-05-15. Retrieved 2018-05-26. 
  14. ^ Ramaswamy, Sumathi (1 March 2000). "Book Reviews : V. GEETHA and S.V. RAJADURAI, Towards a Non-Brahmin Millennium: From Iyothee Thass to Periyar, Calcutta, Samya, 1998, pp. 556". Sage Journal: 556.