An Indian Portia

Selected Writings of Cornelia Sorabji 1866 to 1954

Edited by Kusoom Vadgama

Edited by Kusoom Vadgama

Distributed for Zubaan Books

With Forewords by Brenda Hale and Coomi Kapoor
702 pages | 100 halftones | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2
Cloth $60.00 ISBN: 9788189884765 Published February 2014 World sales rights except India
The first woman to practice law in India and Britain, Cornelia Sorabji founded the League for Infant Welfare, Maternity and District Nursing and helped hundreds of Indian women and children during her career as one of the country’s most prominent social reformers.

Providing an unprecedented portrait of her influential life and work, this collection includes published writing as well as letters and diary entries gathered from private sources and the Cornelia Sorabji archives in the British Library. These documents include writings on Gandhi, the independence movement, social reform, education, welfare, the caste system and untouchability, and the position of women; they also include correspondence with figures including Judge Harrison Falkner Blair, Elena Rathbone (later Lady Richmond), the viceroys of India, and Princess Louise of England. Forewords by Brenda Hale, a justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, and Coomi Kapoor, a former president of the Indian Press Corps, illuminate the heritage that Sorabji’s career and writings have left to people of India.

An essential compendium for anyone interested in—or inspired by—Sorabji, this volume reveals the depths of an extraordinary figure’s dedication to public service.
Contents
Foreword by RT HON LADY HALE OF RICHMOND DBE PC
 
Foreword by COOMI KAPOOR
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
Introduction
 
The Historical Setting DR PREMEN ADDY
 
The Selected Writings 1866-1889
 
          1890-1899
 
          1900-1909
 
          1910-1919
 
          1920-1929
 
          1930-1939
 
          1940-1954
 
APPENDIX ONE: Benjamin Jowett, Master of Balliol College
 
APPENDIX TWO: Caste in India
 
APPENDIX THREE: Prospice – The New India
 
APPENDIX FOUR: The Gandhi Apocrypha
 
APPENDIX FIVE: Gandhi Interrogated: an interview
 
APPENDIX SIX: Temple-entry and Untouchability
 
APPENDIX SEVEN: The Present Situation in India – a record of the Chatham House meeting, 24 October 1940
 
References
 
Works by Cornelia Sorabji
 
Illustration Credits
 
Index
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