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The Indian Civil Service (ICS) has remained a male preserve due to a complex set of socioeconomic and ideological factors. The composition of the ICS is at odds with the gender make-up of the society they represent. This suggests that women’s voices are being silenced. The scene is, however, undergoing slow and steady changes. Besides sustained movements opposed to gender discrimination, the prevalent political authority seems persuaded against sociopolitical practices supportive of gender inequality. Although the campaign is gaining strength day-by-day, it cannot be said to have uprooted completely the sources of prejudice against women. The paper therefore argues that the campaign for women’s empowerment appears to have created a mind-set in support of gender equality. This mind-set is also evident in the changing texture of the ICS, in terms of the growing number of women in responsible positions in the administration.
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