Democracy & Society

Where have the fish gone?

Fishers have lost their place in the seas, their traditional livelihoods and a secure existence. The state offers them solutions that consider questions of climate change and mitigation yet are increasingly technocratic in nature. Based on field work across the coast of Gujarat, this study assesses the impact of industrial development on the fishing community.

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.

Section 377 is scrapped! Sexual Minorities become full citizens of India

Article

Shubha Chacko is a prominent LGBTQ activist from India. On the occasion of the landmark Supreme Court judgment decriminalizing a portion of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, she writes on the long fight against section 377, the challenges ahead and what it means for the society at large.

By Shubha Chacko

Governance and Politics in Northeast India

Domestic Political Trends

The riotous colours of heartland politics

It is election season in India, and there are few places like Uttar Pradesh to get a feel which way the wind is blowingIt is election season in India, and there are few places like Uttar Pradesh to get a feel which way the wind is blowing

By Nikhil Roshan

Delhi's Aam Aadmi Party: In defiance of a tired democracy

After it was sworn in as the ruling party at Delhi’s Legislative Assembly in December, 2013 following a vote brimming with anti-incumbent sentiment and popular disenchantment with corrupt regimes, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has had nothing short of a roller coaster ride. This photo essay offers a few glimpses of its rocky ride through their 49 days in office in the first two months of 2014.
By Nikhil Roshan

Gender democracy

Section 377: Not yet a lost cause

11.12.13 will be remembered as a Black Day in India for criminalizing homosexuality once again after four years. The Supreme Court of India overturned a historic ruling of 2009 by the Delhi High Court, which legalised homosexual intercourse for the first time in India since it had been criminalised by the British colonial government in 1860

By Gitanjali More , Caroline Bertram
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Publications

Digital India through a Gender Lens

Research Report

This hbs commissioned research report analyses the Digital India programme of the Government of India from a gender perspective. Digital India has emerged as an important development plank, with ever-expanding connections to multiple policy domains. Focusing on its three main strategic areas: connectivity, e-services and citizen empowerment, this report takes stock of the extent to which the programme integrates gender-responsive perspectives. It offers recommendations for strengthening programmatic approaches for gender-transformative change.

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