Urvashi Butalia, author and publisher of Zubaan, writing in The Financial Express (March 05, 2006) on the increasing number of women writers in India says "Things have changed (over the past twenty years), but also they haven’t."
But there’s hope as well. It’s well known by now that one of the things worldwide that has helped women’s writing to grow, has been the existence of a hospitable environment, created in most instances by women’s movements, in which their writings can be received. This is certainly the case in India which boasts one of the most dynamic and vibrant women’s movements the world over, and there’s little doubt that this is what will continue to create a space for women’s writing.
Apart from books, women can today write online too both in English and all the other Indian languages, and build a reader base for themselves. That will bring publishers knocking on their doors sooner or later.