Healthcare for Women: Should be big agenda for Elections 2014

Sucheta Tiwari The three waves of feminism seem to have overlooked the Indian shores. We are a country where any conversation about gender issues tends to get lost within layers of complexities ranging from predominantly patriarchal societal norms to misrepresentation of women in government offices. The issue of women’s health weaves through all of these layers and emerges as one of the most complex, yet one of the most poignant issues of the day. Mr. K.D. Singh brought up the issue of sanitation and drinking water facilities in his post. I will try to delve deeper into the healthcare issues … Continue reading Healthcare for Women: Should be big agenda for Elections 2014

Women as Political Actors- Rethinking Strategies

Aprajita Pandey  Civic engagement on gender issues has seen a massive recent shift from catering to women-specific laws, policies, and programs to questioning the fundamental structures that propel gender inequality. The influence of active women’s movement in India is visible in research, academic exchange, democratic institutions and larger political debates. Rather than stereotyping women as apolitical, disinterested parties, women are now more fully acknowledged as active political agents. However, there is still a stark difference between women’s engagement as a political class versus male engagement in the political sphere. Women’s networks are largely circumscribed to the domestic / private sphere, … Continue reading Women as Political Actors- Rethinking Strategies

2014 Elections: An unprecedented opportunity for the Women of India

Dr. K.D. Singh, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha Hierarchical classifications and gender disparity are broad terms used to identify the plight of women in India. Delve deeper and the manifestation of these attitudes stare back at you: Security, nutrition, sanitation and healthcare. The growing incidence of rape across the country has amplified some or most of the fears and insecurities that many Indian women face today. However, the 2014 general elections have the potential to be a turning point as women constitute 49% of the voters in these elections. This is an unprecedented opportunity for women to highlight their issues … Continue reading 2014 Elections: An unprecedented opportunity for the Women of India

Food for thought: The route to food security

Rohit Sinha With less than a year remaining for the UPA-II government, it has pulled out a surprise trick from its closet. The Food Security Ordinance was unanimously approved by the Cabinet and was subsequently signed by the President of India on July 5th, 2013. A quick glance at the timeline of the controversial legislation will give one a glimpse of the desperation of the government to introduce this Bill. The first promise was made by the Central Government in 2009, followed by the introduction of the bill in 2011. The bill after its introduction was referred to the Department … Continue reading Food for thought: The route to food security

Bringing political parties under the RTI – a big mistake

The Central Information Commission’s (CIC) order to bring six large political parties under the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act set the ball rolling for a head on collision between the political class and the civil society. There has been much name calling since, so much so that the outcries (and hashtags) of #SaveRTI have unceremoniously drowned all opposing viewpoints. The spectacle of politicians coming together in uncharacteristic haste has only added fuel to the fire. It has been sixty six years since independence and many say that the credibility of the Indian political class has never been … Continue reading Bringing political parties under the RTI – a big mistake

The Independence Day Rhyme: Ecstasy & the Agony

“Midway this way of life we’re bound upon, I woke to find myself in a dark wood, Where the right road was wholly lost and gone” [The Divine Comedy – Hell]  India – The Gloss & The Dazzle, ah the Ecstasy: An emerging superpower and the world’s largest democracy. One of the fastest growing telecom markets in the world. India’s wealthiest 100 worth nearly $250 billion. 60+ billionaires in $ terms. Beetles, BMWs and Jaguars. Nearly 2 million passenger car units, 13 million two-wheelers, 85 million pairs of jeans, 6 million laptops and netbooks sold per annum. 300 glitzy malls … Continue reading The Independence Day Rhyme: Ecstasy & the Agony

Ending Gendercide: The Policy Pandora’s Box?

Ram Mashru In 1985 Mary Anne Warren first coined the term ‘gendercide’, a neologism that refers to gender selective mass killing. In India gendercide takes the form of ‘femicide’, the systematic destruction of females from birth through to middle-age, and the statistically abnormal female mortality is the result of foeticide, infanticide, neglect, violence, murder and suicide. The scale of the killing of female infants alone defies belief. Figures from the 2011 census reveal that the birth gender ratio for children aged 0-6 now stands at 914 girls born for every 1000 boys, down from 927:1000 in 2001 and significantly lower … Continue reading Ending Gendercide: The Policy Pandora’s Box?