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Digital India through a gender lens

This policy discussion paper seeks to present a critical overview of Digital India, evaluating the extent to which the outcome areas of the program address gender-transformative change. It also offers suggestions for building an enabling environment to expand opportunities and strategic life choices for women, and contributing to gender equality, as economic, social and political arenas are fundamentally redefined by digital technologies. This paper draws upon a detailed policy study titled ‘Digital India through a Gender Lens’, undertaken by the authors in 2017-18, with support from the Heinrich Böll Stiftung.

Occupation of the coast – Blue economy in India

The Blue Economy involves economic activity that engages with the various components of the oceans. As the Blue Economy gets underway, this research report re-visits various aspects of coastal development and weaves together a narrative of their impacts on the fishing communities.

Centrepiece: New writing and art from Northeast India

Curated and put together by writer and graphic artist Parismita Singh, 21 women writers and artists come together in this stunning collection that combines words and pictures to explore the theme of women and work in the Northeast.

After decades of silence: Voices from Mizoram

After 20 years of violence in Mizoram, a Peace Accord concluded in 1986 and the creation of a full-fledged state provided the base for a long-term successful settlement. Margaret Ch. Zama and C. Lalawmpuia Vanchiau have reviewed publications on Mizo history over the last five decades, with a specific focus on the era of turmoil year from the 1960s to the 1980s.

India-Myanmar relations: Looking from the border


As “Look East, Act East” is promoted as India’s official policy towards Myanmar, the Institute of Social Sciences and Burma Centre Delhi with the support by HBF undertook a review of relations, with a particular perspective on the joint border regions.

Three journeys: Cameos of the jogappa community in Karnataka

These are three oral histories from a little –known transgender community in South India called the Jogappas. The multiple changes in the world around them have impacted the Jogappas in various ways. Each Jogappa provides her account of the unique experiences that have shaped their lives and identities.

Women’s asset ownership and reduction in gender-based violence

Do Indian women who control assets, especially land, have a greater control over their lives? Do they experience less gender-based violence? A new study, based on field data from rural areas in Karnataka, Telengana and Meghalaya that have diverse land-ownership systems, explores the connection.

Aadhaar: gender, identity and development

The "Aadhaar" biometry-based unique identity scheme holds considerable potential to empower women. A new book undertaken by a research team around Govind Kelkar takes - for the first time - a look at the gender dimension of the Aadhaar scheme.

Look east policy India and Myanmar pitching for greater connectivity

Myanmar is India's gateway to Southeast Asia and as such a key stakeholder in India's Look East Policy. Heinrich Boell Stiftung, in cooperation with the Institute of Social Sciences (ISS) and Burma Centre Delhi invited experts to share their views on transboundary issues between India and Myanmar at a conference in Delhi in August 2014. The inputs have been assembled in a conference report.

Trials and Travails

Clinical Trial industry in India has seen phenomenal growth in recent years without strong regulatory framework and very little knowledge of factors relating to human participation in these trails. SAMA’s research documents participant perceptions and experiences, highlighting the need of accountability, transparency and ethics in the clinical conduct of trials.

New citizen’s activism in India

Since a few years, urban middle-class based protest movements – against corruption and against rape – have emerged in India. A new study by Richa Singh revisits the dynamics of these movements and looks at their role in the sudden rise of India’s party of popular protest, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Fishing in Troubled Waters

There are several hundred prisoners caught in the crossfire between India and Pakistan. Fishermen from both countries are regularly arrested and their boats seized in the small area of water that is disputed territory between India and Pakistan, known as the Sir Creek. This publication documents the efforts to resolve the issues as part of a larger agenda to establish sustainable economic cooperation between the two countries.

A critical analysis of Fatwas issued on Muslim women in India

In India, there have been some controversial Fatwas like the one against Taslima Nasreen, exiled Bangladeshi writer. This project covers an extensive assessment of various Fatwas against Muslim women and highlights whether these Fatwas are in congruence with the Quran.

Food security, human rights and the India-EU FTA agreement

The European Union (EU) and the Government of India are currently negotiating a bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that aims to liberalise 'substantially all trade' between the two trading blocks. This study assesses the possible impact of an FTA between India and the EU on the Human Right to Food in India.