Advanced Centre for Women's Studies, School of Media and Cultural Studies & Parcham

invite you to


A performance based on the writings of Muslim women published in Urdu magazines between 1905 and 1956

Directed by: Vinod Kumar Performed by: Alka Ranjan, Purwa Bharadwaj, Rizwana Fatima and Shweta Tripathi
Venue: Old Conference Hall, Main Campus, Tata Institute of Social Sciences,
V.N. Purav Marg, Deonar, Mumbai -400088

Date and Time: Monday, 1 Aug at 5:30 PM

About the Performance:

'Hum Khawateen' is a reading of six excerpts from Kalame Niswan, an anthology of Muslim women's writings from Urdu magazines for women published from Delhi, Lahore and Aligarh between 1905 and 1956. Featuring political and social concerns of Muslim women at the time, these magazines highlighted and debated issues such as women's education, the Indian Independence movement, and gender relations, among others. They publicised radical positions on issues which remain contentious even today, like polygamy and the purdah. Copies of Kalame Niswan will be available for sale at the venue.


The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative's


Dear All:

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative's latest publication titled 'Arrest Memos: A Study on Requirements and Compliance in Rajasthan and West Bengal' examines adherence to Section 41B(b) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 in the two states of Rajasthan and West Bengal.

Section 41B(b) establishes a key safeguard against unlawful arrest by the police in the form of a "memorandum of arrest". It stipulates an arrest memo be prepared by the arresting officer for every arrest made, with no exceptions. The memo must record the time, date and place of arrest, be attested by at least one independent witness, and countersigned by the arrested person.

The report explains the larger legal framework and provides an overview of police compliance, judicial scrutiny, and the availability and quality of procedural guidance issued by police departments on how best to comply with Section 41B(b). It identifies trends and gaps in compliance and forwards recommendations on how key challenges in implementation may be addressed.

The report could be accessed at

For more information contact

  • Ms. Devika Prasad, Coordinator, Police Reforms Programme at, 01143180208 or
  • Ms. Tahmina Laskar, Programme Officer ar; 011 43180210


Women Unlimited

Advance Information Sheet

Risky Bodies
& Techno-Intimacy
reflections on sexuality.
media. science. finance

Geeta Patel

Risky Bodies & Techno-Intimacy traverses the technologically mediated intimacies that people fashion as they grapple with the radical uncertainties that inhabit their lives. Elusive snarls and double binds dog the everyday.

By working with materials salvaged from various genres of science, this provocative, cutting edge book charts uncommon routes through enigmatic stalemates: political economies of cinematic archives; domesticity; lyrical temporalities; aesthetic mobilisations; and emergent financial forms.

Along the way, Patel's poetic, edgy, brutal, and compassionate analyses burrow deep under the skin of habits that we hold dear, habits that breathe us into life even as they clasp us.

Geeta Patel is the Director of UVA in India and an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia. She has published widely on the collusive conundrums posed by bringing finance, science, sexuality and aesthetics together. She has also translated lyric and prose from Sanskrit, Urdu, Hindi and Braj, and is the author of the acclaimed, Lyrical Movements, Historical Hauntings: On Gender, Colonialism and Desire in Miraji's Urdu Poetry. She is co-editor of two journal issues that engage several of her areas of expertise: "Area Impossible" for GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies (2016), with Anjali Arondekar; and "Trust and Islamic Capital" for Society and Business Review (2016-2017) with Rula Al-Abdulrazak.

Dr. Patel is currently working on three projects: the poetics of finance (historical pensions, insurance, credit, debt) and farm finance; Ismat Chughtai; and on fantasies embedded in advertising.

Geeta Patel is a deep thinker. In Risky Bodies she takes us with her on a rich and complex journey to show us how techno-intimacies work. Patel navigates with technology, philosophy, gender, finance and more, creating conversations that will continue for some time.

— Deborah G. Johnson
Olsson Professor of Applied Ethics,
Science, Technology and Society Program,
School of Engineering,
University of Virginia

A work of intricacy and importance. Patel writes poetically, erotically about the risk that inhabits our everyday through the mundane and the fantastical - behaviour and thought of habit, montages and transitions of lived and imagined technae, mobile materialities, technologies of the flesh, political economies, capitalised cultures. It weaves a potent, perilous tale of adventure and minute discoveries, countermonumental', contingent, sexy. Seductive and absorbing.

—Brinda Bose
Jawaharlal Nehru University

This dazzling, commodious book offers new angles on habitual ways of thinking about historiography, technology and sexuality. Geeta Patel narrates what she calls 'techno-intimacy' with inimitable lyricism, political commitment and imagination. In stunning analyses of a range of archival genres, from the gendered origins of financial forms, to cinematic texts and the aesthetics of temporality and history in South Asia, Patel provides moving meditations on the critical impasses that haunt our intellectual lives. This is an inspiring and necessary book for our times and will inform our critical discourse for years to come.

—Anjali Arondekar
University of California, Santa Cruz

Demy 8vo     ISBN:978-81-88965-94-6      Pp 386     Rs.795.00      All rights available.
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Invitation for the Ground Level Panel on National Education Policy facilitated by PRAXIS

Dear Colleague,

The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, in is the process of formulating a new National Education Policy, for which, they have commendably reached out to a wide range of citizens for their feedback.

However, many people living on the margins, especially children, get left out such platforms because of distance - physical, social or otherwise. Shikshagiri is an attempt to bridge this gap, and to reiterate the need for child participation in policy making.

Praxis (, with the support of several organisations working in the education sector and with children's issues, is bringing together 15 children from diverse backgrounds to deliberate and discuss among themselves and with multiple stakeholders about the education policy.

The children will share their recommendations with a wider audience on Wednesday, July 26. We invite you to come in large numbers to listen to the children and help amplify their voices to a larger audience.

Date - July 26, 2016
Time - 2.30 pm - 5pm (Exhibition and dissemination, followed by high tea)
Venue - Vishwa Yuvak Kendra, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi


Warm regards,
Shikshagiri Team
PS: Do follow the panelists and their views on Twitter - @shikshagiri2016 and


PII-ICRC Annual Press Awards

Call for entries: Best Article and Best Photograph on a Humanitarian Subject

Greetings from the New Delhi office of International Committee of the Red Cross!

This is to inform you about the 10th edition of The Press Institute of India (PII) - International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Annual Awards for Best Article and Photograph on a Humanitarian Subject.

The theme this year is - Reporting on the Fate of Victims of Natural/Man-Made Disasters

The deadline for entries for both articles and photographs is 15th September 2016

Read more:

We look forward to see your participation and request you to share the announcement with your colleagues and friends in media.


Women's World Summit Foundation - WWSF.

WWSF Two Global Campaigns in 2016

Please note that the 17 Days of Activism for the Empowerment of Rural Women and Their Communities 1-17 October is an extension of our other programs for rural women, which include the annual Prize for women's creativity in rural life and the World Day for Rural Women - 15 October.

Our Empowerment Kits are online in English and French and you can chose from 17 themes to organize action in your community. Please note that we have included our Kits the relevant SDG targets to empower you and your members to help deliver the new UN Development Agenda for 2030. Kindly register online and present your program of action for all to see and to support - also on a google map. Link to 17 Days:

We take this opportunity of sharing with you our second Campaign "19 Days of Activism for Prevention of Violence against Children and Youth 1-19 November, and wish to invite you to also participate with events during that period of the year to reduce violence and abuse against children and youth, something that is increasing daily and is of vital concern to all of us. You will find 19 themes online and you are free to chose any topic that represents the reality in your community/country. All we hope for is that you will organize some activity to help create a change and for the world to resolve to end all violence and abuse against children and youth.

Link to the 19 Days Prevention Kits (in English and French)

You will also find on our website, a press release, brochure and Manifesto for 2016 which you may wish to use in your activities. Please be informed that all registrations on line will receive acknowledgement and will be mentioned in a Global Activity report online, presenting your programs of work during both of the campaigns.

We thank you in advance for your participation and look forward to reading about your plans.

Elly Pradervand
WWSF CEO & UN Representative
Women's World Summit Foundation
Email:                  Web:



Press Release

Himachal Pradesh: Only one conviction in five years under PCPNDT Act, no monitoring of implementation of the flagship scheme for retention of girl child

New Delhi: Releasing the report, "The State of Female Infanticide in Himachal Pradesh" (, Asian Centre for Human Rights stated that child sex ratio (CSR) has seriously declined from 982 females per 1000 boys (0-6 years) in 1971, the period before the use of the ultrasound machines for sex selection and abortion, to 909 in 2011 in Himachal Pradesh. However, the State Government of Himachal Pradesh has no seriousness to combat female foeticide despite CSR falling below 500 in at least 24 panchayats of Una district bordering Punjab. All the top five districts of the State with lowest CSR i.e. Una (870), Kangra (873), Hamirpur (881), Bilaspur (893) and Solan (899) are either bordering or near to Punjab which has the second lowest CSR in India as per 2011 census.

The efforts of the Himachal Pradesh government to retain the girl child are non-serious. Under the Beti Hai Anmol Yojana, the flagship scheme to combat female foeticide, the State government provides a meager Rs 5,100 in fixed deposit as post birth benefit to Below Poverty Line parents having upto two girl children in the family and the beneficiary girl child is expected to get Rs 23,585 after 18 years at the current interest rate of 9%.

"The amount is too meager to be an incentive even for the BPL families for retention of girl child. The Beti Hai Anmol Yojana excludes those above the poverty line, middle class and upper class who have been found to resort to abortion of the female fetuses. Further, dowry being the primary cause of female foeticide, the scheme does not provide any assistance for marriage to the beneficiary girls as provided by the State Government of Goa under its Ladli scheme". - stated Asian Centre for Human Rights.

The coverage of the Beti Hai Anmol Yojana is extremely limited. The Comptroller & Auditor General of India in its latest report on "Social, General and Economic Sectors (Non-Public Sector Undertakings) for the year ending on 31 March 2014" noted that against 18,222 beneficiaries identified during 2011-14 under post birth grant, only 13,332 beneficiaries were covered while 4,890 beneficiaries comprising 27% remained deprived of the intended benefits despite the sanctioning of the funds.

"The report of the CAG is far from the truth. As per information provided by the Himachal Pradesh Government under the Right to Information Act to the Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR), only 5,930 beneficiaries were given post birth assistance under the Beti Hai Anmol Yojana upto 2014-2015".- further stated ACHR.

The Utilization Certificates provided by the Child Development Project Officers of Himachal Pradesh for the Beti Hai Anmol Scheme are without date, signature and stamp of the concerned officer and raise serious doubts as to whether benefits are actually reaching to the beneficiaries.

Despite rampant female foeticide, only one conviction under the Preconception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994 (PCPNDT Act) was secured in Himachal Pradesh during 2009 to December 2014.

Asian Centre for Human Rights recommended to the State Government of Himachal Pradesh to revise the Beti Hai Anmol Yojana to increase the amount for post birth benefits and scholarship, and further to provide additional financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh for marriage to beneficiary girl similar to the amount provided under the Ladli Scheme of Goa; expand the coverage of the Beti Hai Anmol Yojana to include families irrespective of income and to all girl children in the family and not upto two daughters only; link the Beti Hai Anmol Yojana with all hospitals/primary health centres, Anganwadi Centres and schools to monitor the status of the beneficiaries; digitalise the list of beneficiaries and related information, funds sanctioned and utilization certificates and upload the same in the website of the District concerned and ensure proper implementation of the PCPNDT Act. [Ends]


Institute of South Asian Women

Book Review by Brij Bhardwaj

India's Most Powerful Women
Author: Prem Ahluwalia

Women of India bring to mind a picture of desperation and pride depending on what you are looking at. On one side there is a feeling of disgust when one notices how many are aborted before birth, how many die on account of malnutrition and how many for lack of care by parents as indicated by falling ratio of women as compared to men in the country in general and states like Haryana and Punjab in particular. On the other hand we can also boast of electing women to highest posts, leadership in field of industry, commerce and education and on other side story of denial.

We can boast of having given right to vote to women from very start of having sent women on space missions, making them fly fighter jets in combat role. But we are also guilty of having allowed women of having poor representation in State Assemblies and Parliament of denying them education. Our newspapers are full of stories of women being raped, burnt alive for not bringing enough dowry and women being molested in Streets and being exploited at work places.

There are also a large number of women who have scaled heights in the field chosen by them and are heading institutions and holding public offices. They are truly powerful women of India. Prem Ahluwalia, Editor of Safari India, a travel magazine and Associate Editor of Young India, a political fortnightly is a women activist (Director Institute of South Asian Women and National General Secretary of Mahila Dakshata Samiti) has put together the story of 51 women who overcame all odds and made their place among most powerful women of India.

This is a true story of labour of love as Prem has travelled across vast canvas that is India to select women whose story needs to be told. They include those who made their position on the political map of India. They include chief ministers, party presidents, members of Parliament and ministers of Union Government. It includes leaders of industry covering a vast field. It includes master brewer, hotelier and newspaper barons.

The list also includes women who have worked for social causes, those who have broken the glass ceilings by reaching the top in fields which were not open to them in the past. It includes women who excelled in art of healing. They include not only practitioners of modern health care, but also those who worked in field of traditional Indian medicine like Ayurvedic and Unani system of medicine.

The list also includes women who made their place in field of arts like dancers, film actresses, dancers, singers, designers and beauticians. The list ends with sports women achievers like Sania Mirza and Mary Kom. Anyone interested in knowing about the achievements of daughters against heavy odds will find that the book is on the list of those which must be read and admired.

The task of writing contemporary history is difficult and controversial, but Prem has achieved a lot. There are many who would like to add many more names to the list, but one has to look at what has been achieved and hope that younger women would carry forward the task by talking and writing more about achievements of women who have made a place for them by rising against heavy odds. Prem, who has a lot of power, can do much more in the fields chosen by her.


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