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Ruth Vanita

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Ruth Vanita is a professor at the University of Montana, where she directs South and South-East Asian Studies. She earlier taught at Delhi University and co-founded Manushi, India’s first nationwide feminist magazine. Her books include Gender, Sex and the City: Urdu Rekhti Poetry in India 1780-1870; Love’s Rite: Same-Sex Marriage in India and the West; Gandhi’s Tiger and Sita’s Smile: Essays on Gender, Sexuality and Culture; and Same-Sex Love in India: A Literary History (co-edited with Saleem Kidwai). She has translated the work of several Hindi writers.