ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Open Letter to the President of India

We, the undersigned teachers and researchers of institutions of higher education in India and independent scholars, appeal to you to intervene with the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and the Government of India to ensure the constitutional right to life and liberty as well as the...

Cancellation of Lecture

We are deeply shocked and anguished at the cancellation of Amina Wadud’s special lecture organised by the JBAS Centre for Islamic Studies at the University of Madras on 29 July 2013 on the topic “Islam, Gender and Reform”. University of Madras officials claim that local police had been in touch...

Death in Police Custody

We have watched with disgust and horror the brutal police assault on students during a peaceful demonstration organised by four Left students’ organisations on 2 April 2013 in Kolkata and the subsequent death of Sudipta Gupta, a participant in the demonstration, while in police custody. Sudipta was...

Remembering Lakshmi, 'Devi'

As a dedicated Mathamma, Devi's world consisted of the violent realities of caste oppression and sexual exploitation. Struggling to negotiate her convictions to abolish the practice of dedicating women to the goddess, she wanted to show her fellow Mathammas how it is still possible to struggle for one's own autonomy. Like her life, her death too was a centre of controversy.

Police Intimidation

We, the members of the Executive Committee of the Indian Association for Women’s Studies (IAWS), write to you in shock in the face of our recent experiences of intimidation and harassment at the hands of the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) during the XIIIth National Conference of the IAWS in Wardha at...

Writing the History of the Invisible

We Also Made History: Women in the Ambedkarite Movement by Urmila Pawar and Meenakshi Moon

Sex Education Conundrum

Both the opponents and the proponents of the Adolescence Education Programme (sex education) share the same ideological premise of sexual restraint as a national virtue.

Sex and Sensibility in Tamil Politics

Popular film actress Kushboo's ideas on female sexuality are not new to Tamil Nadu. Periyar, the Self-Respect Movement and the Dravidar Kazhagam had propagated the idea that marriage was a patriarchal institution and even advocated its abolition for women's freedom. But, like the DMK earlier, the Dalit Panthers of India and the Pattali Makkal Katchi, assuming the role of protectors of the honour of Tamils, are invoking the chastity of Tamil women as a symbol of that honour.

Work, Caste and Competing Masculinities

Notions and practices of masculinity are often reconfigured in the wake of rapid economic and socio-political transformation. This paper explores this aspect in a south Indian village across two dimensions. Changes in local economy have seen challenges posed to the long dominant position of the upper caste mudaliars based on their control on land, over the dalits. On the other hand, the entry of large numbers of women into the industrial work-force has played its part in modifying the relationship between caste, class and gender.
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