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Justice, the State and Sathins' Struggle

The recent Supreme Court verdict ordering the Women's Development Programme in Rajasthan to re-employ the 'sathins' dismissed unjustly 10 years ago poses almost as many issues as it resolves. By not asking for the reinstatement of the sathins, not only do they lose retrospective payment, but more importantly, the apex court appears to be reserving judgment on the relevance of the programme. This has to be seen in the context of recent developments in the state which are directly and indirectly undermining what has been a remarkably dynamic and sustained effort to link women's development with social development soliciting the agency of the state.
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