Democracy & Society

Digital India through a gender lens

Published: 1 August 2018

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.


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Occupation of the coast – Blue economy in India

Published: 26 April 2018

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

Published: 16 April 2018

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.

Of body and biotechnology: A gendered interrogation

Published: 13 February 2018

The approach paper by SAMA draws attention to the legal, ethical and gendered imprints of the newer biotechnologies in healthcare, such as regenerative medicine and genomics that have begun to make inroads into the Indian market.

After decades of silence: Voices from Mizoram

Published: 14 December 2016

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

Published: 12 February 2016

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

Published: 18 August 2015

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.

Jogappa: Gender, identity and the politics of exclusion

Published: 10 August 2015

The problems faced by transgender persons in India receive little public attention. Aneka, based in Bangalore, works with Jogappas, a little-known South Indian transgender community, and has conducted a study in their lives and social conditions.