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

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Women, Priesthood and Religious Rights in Tamil Nadu and Kerala

In light of the recent announcement by the minister for Hindu religious and charitable endowments for Tamil Nadu regarding the government’s willingness to facilitate resources and training for women who wish to be priests in temples, the article examines the debates regarding the right of women to Hindu religious realm by revisiting the political episode of women’s assertion of their constitutional right to enter the Sabarimala temple in the neighbouring state of Kerala as well as the gendered dimensions of situating the protests within the larger histories of the self-respect movement and navodhanam .

The Waste Picking Community: Some Issues and Concerns

The waste pickers, a faceless workforce, play a critical role in the recycling of solid waste. With the increasing privatisation of the municipal solid waste management, the livelihood of these unorganised workers is threatened. A seminar series held in JNU focussed on the plight of these hapless workers as well as delved into the issues of gender, migration and the informalisation of labour.

Panel Discussion on 'Sexual Violence'

A report of the recent panel discussion held at the Jawaharlal Nehru University that explores the phenomenon of sexual violence in educational spaces. Sexual harrasment by the faculty, intimate partner violence, and repression of the sexuality of women on campus are some of the issues deliberated upon. The panelists call for the revival of a strong and vibrant women's movement to counter deeply entrenched patriarchal attitudes on campus.
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