Urvashi Butalia is an Indian feminist and publisher and has been awarded the Padma Shri. Along with Ritu Menon, she co-founded Kali for Women,India’s first exclusively feminist publishing house, in 1984. In 2003,following the closure of Kali for Women, she founded Zubaan Books.She started her career working with Oxford University Press in Delhi. She then moved to London-based Zed Books as an editor in 1982. Returning to India, she and author Ritu Menon, set up a feminist publishing house, Kali for Women to increase the body of knowledge on women in the Third World, to give voice to such knowledge as already exists, and to provide a forum for women writers, creative and academics.
Butalia’s main areas of interest are partition and oral histories from a feminist and left-wing perspective. She has written on gender,communalism, fundamentalism and media. She has written for The
Guardian, the New Internationalist, The Statesman, The Times of India, Outlook and India Today
Urvashi has authored or co-authored seven books. Of these, “The Other Side of Silence” is being used as a text in some Indian universities. The book is the product of more than 70 interviews that Butalia conducted with survivors of the Partition, and emphasises the role of violence against women in the collective experience of the tragedy.