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Attacking INSAF

We the undersigned are shocked and dismayed at the Government of India’s action against Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF), a national coalition of 700 people’s movements, social action groups and progressive intellectuals with an active presence in 15 states of India. According to a communication...

Marketing Self-Help, Managing Poverty

The increasing participation of women in microcredit and formation of women's self-help groups have done little more than assuring short-term relief to ease immediate needs. What is absent is a long-term social, political and cultural vision that will end the subordination of women.

Ideology and the Architecture of Performance

The role of religious myths in reinforcing and legitimising patriarchal norms is critical and has been difficult to contend with. The interpretation of these myths through the traditional art forms, especially music and dance, carries a powerful effect that works at subliminal levels. Several attempts have been made to use traditional art forms to subvert patriarchal agendas from the women's perspective. Asmita, a resource centre for women, has explored the possibility of using traditional ballet as an instrument of feminist activism.

Peace and Irresponsibility

Recent actions by the Naxalite movement in Andhra Pradesh raise questions about the ethics and lack of accountability on the part of these groups. It is not merely in the bearing and use of arms that the Naxalite movement mirrors the state. Unfortunately there is a stark resemblance even in the indiscriminate and extremely moralistic identification of the enemy who must then be eliminated. The power of naming in this entire scenario vests with the police on the one side and the Naxalites on the other. Actions such as the recent killings by the Naxalites destroy public confidence and increase the faith of people in repressive measures and fascist solutions. The fear of terrorism is not easy to contain and when radical politics begins to use the weapon of terror that, in our view, signals the end of politics.

Reflections on the Peace Process in Andhra Pradesh

Initiating a peace process with the Naxalites was not an act of benevolence by the Congress government, but the first step towards fulfilling a commitment on the basis of which it was given a mandate by the people. It is now time to address several questions pertaining to the entire process that spanned eight months, including the role of the media, the bearing of arms in public, the issue of land reforms and that of ?neutrality? in political matters. The ultimate undoing of a laboriously crafted process of democratisation by a newly elected government is cause for serious concern.

Andhra Pradesh : Women's Rights and Naxalite Groups

For over two decades, the feminist critique of revolutionary left movements in Andhra Pradesh has questioned the lack of visibility for gender concerns on the party agenda. The recent meeting and exchange of views between women's groups and parties on the radical left, however, provided cause for optimism on feminist politics and its impact on revolutionary movements.

From Social Action to Political Action-Women and the 81st Amendment

Women and the 81st Amendment Vasanth Kannabiran Kalpana Kannabiran If women manage to push the 81st amendment bill through the parliament, it will topple all current assumptions about hierarchies of caste, class and gender. The legislation will mean large-scale reorganisation of constituency allocation in order to accommodate, women, and thus fewer seats for men. It also creates possibility for an SC woman to represent not only men of her own caste, hut upper caste men and women as well.

Gendering Justice

Kalpana Kannabiran Vasanth Kannabiran What the Rupan Bajaj verdict has accomplished, in an important sense, is the subversion of the patriarehal traditions of the Indian state and a rupture of the boundaries between the political sphere and society, between the home and the world, between the workplace and the street, between classes, forcing us to re-examine our realities and the categories through which we comprehend these realities.

Caste and Gender Understanding Dynamics of Power and Violence

Caste and Gender: Understanding Dynamics of Power and Violence Vasanth Kannabiran Kalpana Kannabiran The social relations of caste and gender are based on the exercise of power through the use of force. What we witness today in the increasing violence that enforces the maintenance of "order' in relations of caste and gender is the weakening of an absolute power which did not permit the space for the articulation of a grievance and the consequent blurring of carefully drawn lines of demarcation.
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