Please find attached the press release giving details of the Fellowship Scheme and a brief bio-profile of the awardee.

She has been selected from amongst various applicants for her topic, To research on the lives of children of sex workers living in Delhi's infamous GB Road. The Fellowship carries a cash support of Rs 1,00,000.

O.P Jain
Founder, Sanskriti Foundation
OP Jain



UNDP hails landmark Supreme Court Judgment on the rights of transgender to choose their identity

Respect for human rights is at the root of human development says Judgment New Delhi, 15 April 2014: The United Nations Development Programme has hailed today's landmark Supreme Court judgement as an important step in ending discrimination against the community. With this judgement, the Court has recognized and re-affirmed an individual's right to choose their identity as male, female or third gender.

Lise Grande, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative said, "UNDP joins the community and country in celebrating the Supreme Court's landmark judgment. We congratulate the Government of India, the National Legal Services Authority and the transgender community for their efforts to affirm that individuals have the right to choose their identity."

In its ruling, the Supreme Court noted, "Respect for human rights is the root of human development and realization of full potential of each individual, which in turn leads to the augmentation of human resources with progress of the nation. Empowerment of the people through human development is the aim of human rights."

Key highlights of the Judgment:

  • Recognition of people who identify in the opposite sex is based on self-identification. This includes female identifying as male and male identifying as female
  • Discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation and gender identity amounts to discrimination on the ground of sex under Article 15
  • No Sex Reassignment surgery is required for recognition of gender identity
  • The right of individuals to choose their gender identity is protected under the Constitution
The Judgment directs State governments to ensure livelihoods, expand social security, provide health care, and to make civil amenities like public toilets and restrooms accessible and available for them. The case was filed by the National Legal Services Authority in 2012 and was subsequently impleaded by civil and legal rights groups. Since 2009, UNDP has supported efforts at greater recognition for the transgender community. This has included convening stakeholder consultations, generating greater awareness in the legal community and strengthening community institutions.

About UNDP: UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. With offices in more than 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

For more information, please visit For media requests: Nandita Surendran (9810084776);



The All India Democratic Women's Associationstrongly condemns the Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh for trivializing the serious crime of rape and gang rape in a public meeting at Moradabad yesterday, where he openly asked for condoning such heinous acts as momentary lapses.

Rape can hardly be called a "mistake" as Mr. Yadav thinks it is; more than often it is a premeditated act and an expression and assertion of power over women. It can in no way be condoned by using the old patriarchal argument that "Boys will be Boys". Mr. Yadav's contention that women put false charges of sexual assault on their partners in a fit of pique is equally condemnable, and echoes the highly retrograde and anti-women assertions made in the Manusmriti. The Shakti Mills case, which Mr. Yadav criticized is clearly a case of gang rape by lumpen elements who had already committed a similar crime and gotten away with it because the woman did not complain out of fear. By making such retrograde remarks, Mr. Yadav is denigrating rape survivors and downplaying the gravity of sexual assault. He is obfuscating the issue by using the ploy of the debatable application of death penalty for sexual assault.

Such statements, especially by politicians who tend to influence policy making, will only further vitiate existing gender biases in our society. In this context, AIDWA reiterates the need to frame a Code of Conduct to prevent anti women remarks by public figures.

Malini Bhattacharya President, AIDWA
Jagmati Sangwan, General Secretary




A Sizeable Section Of Indian Voters In A Mood For 'High Risk, High Returns'

The author, Mr. Anand Agashe, a bilingual (English & Marathi) journalist with 30 years of experience, worked as an editor with several leading Indian newspapers including Sakal, The Times of India, The Indian Express, The Independent, Loksatta and a few others.

He analyses India's contemporary political landscape ahead of the elections and provides various possible scenarios that could emerge after the vote counting exercise has concluded. Download Paper ( FES India Paper - General Elections

We are pleased to share with you FES India Paper titled: THE 16th GENERAL ELECTION: A Sizeable Section Of Indian Voters In A Mood For 'High Risk, High Returns'.

814 million voters will make the 16th parliamentary elections in India the largest democratic exercise in the world. Opinion polls suggest that the Congress Party will register a decline this time, with the BJP projected to rise to new heights.

Most observers see Narendra Modi of the BJP as the most likely person to become the new prime minister of India so the question is: can the 'Gujarat Development Model' be a blueprint for the whole country?

Of interest to observers is also the question what difference the arrival of a new political formation like the Aam Aadmi Party will make to Indian politics? Will it make a meaningful contribution towards the transformation of the political-economic system in the country by steering it away from the endemic corruption that has come to mark it and by ensuring that the focus shifts to more substantive issues and to good governance?

We hope you enjoy reading the paper. We would welcome your feedback and/or comments.

Kind regards from Team-FES.

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Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) was founded in 1925 as a political legacy of Friedrich Ebert, the first democratically elected President of Germany. As a private cultural non-profit institution, it is committed to the ideals and basic values of social democracy.


Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN)

Takes great pleasure in announcing the launch of its new publication HOW TO RESPOND TO FORCED EVICTIONS: A HANDBOOK FOR INDIA

Justice A.P. Shah, former Chief Justice of the High Court of Delhi willl release the publication. Wednesday, 16 April 2014 | 2.00 - 3.30 PM India International Centre Annexe, Lecture Room Two


The book release will be followed by a Panel Discussion on EVICTIONS IN INDIA: RULE OF LAW AND ROLE OF THE STATE


  • Justice A.P. Shah | Former Chief Justice, High Court of Delhi, and Chairperson, Law Commission of India
  • Mr Satyabrata Pal | Former diplomat and former member, National Human Rights Commission
  • Ms Kalyani Menon Sen | Feminist activist and independent researcher
  • Mr Indu Prakash Singh | Convenor, National Forum for Housing Rights
  • Mr Amar Nath | Chief Executive Officer, Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) (to confirm)
  • Mr D.S. Negi | Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (to confirm)
  • Mr Balvinder Kumar | Vice Chairman, Delhi Development Authority (to confirm)
  • Shivani Chaudhry | Executive Director, Housing and Land Rights Network, Delhi
To RSVP and for more information, contact / 011-2435-8492


Women Unlimited

A L L - T I M E F A V O U R I T E S !

A Chughtai Quartet.

Obsession, The Wild One, Wild Pigeons, The Heart Breaks Free
Ismat Chughtai
Translated by Tahira Naqvi

Rs. 400 &nbs;   Pb &nbs;   Pp. 331+x &nbs;  ISBN: 978-81-88965-87-8
All rights available

The four novellas in this volume span the inimitable Ismat Chughtai's literary career, from 1939 to 1971. Each one develops the author's central preoccupation with the lives of women as they experience love, tragedy, societal prescriptions and proscriptions, in collision with their own rebellious spirit. A keen sense of their individual subversive potential and a willingness to take the consequences of obduracy in the face of overwhelming odds, ensures that they are neither hapless nor victims. Through them Chughtai delivers a scathing critique on the hypocrisy and cant of social mores, and the festering maladies that infect society.

Chughtai's characteristic mastery of form and technique, her vivid imagery and richness of language make for marvellous story-telling, and create some of the most memorable female protagonists in Indian literature.

ISMAT CHUGHTAI is the author of several collections of short stories, four novellas, three novels, a collection of reminiscences and essays, My Friend, My Enemy, and a memoir, Kaghazi hai Perahan (The Paper-thin Garment). With her husband, Shahid Latif, a film director, she produced and co-directed six films, and produced a further six independently.

TAHIRA NAQVI is a translator, writer, and Urdu language lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. She has translated the works of Sa'dat Hasan Manto, Munshi Premchand, Khadija Mastoor and Ismat Chughtai into English.


The Crooked Line: a novel

Vintage Chughtai: a selection of her best stories

A Very Strange Man: a novel
Masooma: a novel

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