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Menon, Parvathi (2023) 'Vijayalakshmi Pandit: Gendering and Racing against the Postcolonial Predicament.' In: Tallgren, Immi, (ed.), Portraits of Women in International Law: New Names and Forgotten Faces? Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 244-252.

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Subjected to both the male and Orientalist gaze at the United Nations, its ‘first female’ President, Vijayalakshmi Pandit, embodied the paradox of many colonial elites in India: a British-influenced upbringing combined with radical anti-colonial pursuits. Donning a saree and speaking English fluently, her disposition gave the British and Americans the impression of easy access, while the Soviets wished to channel her anti-imperialist vision to form an Eastern alliance. Straddling between the East and the West, Pandit championed Third-Worldism tactically, even as she drew the ire from her counterparts who found her unbecomingly moderate.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: Vijayalakshmi Pandit, Third Worldism, race, Cold War, internationalism, political equality
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Law
ISBN: 9780198868453
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Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2024 09:53

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