Haldar, Antara (2007). "The capabilities approach and women's rights in India" Paper presented at the 4th annual conference of the HDCA, 18-20 September 2007, New York, USA.
There exists an enormous gap between the theory and practice of women’s rights in India. Despite the alarming magnitude of this gap, it remains largely unexplained. But the existence and persistence of this dichotomy creates the paradoxical situation of a ‘bottom-less’ pit of rights whereby legal guarantees enjoyed by Indian women continue to multiply without exerting a commensurate, or even an adequate, impact on their quality of life. It is thus of crucial importance – both in academic and policy terms - that this gap be understood.