Sunday, May 19, 2013, 5:30 – 7:00pm

Ilina Sen: Women & Democratic Movements in India: Changing Dynamics, Altered Perspectives

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IlinaSenIn the context of widespread resistance movements in India today, internationally known feminist scholar, human-rights activist, and author Ilina Sen analyzes the articulation of women’s voices within the movements and helps clarify the issues, debates, and relationships between these voices and other social movements. Sen says that as the women’s movement struggles with issues of theory and organization, it’s important to understand the use of women’s bodies as a space where contests of power are played out, as well as the possibilities and limitations of the state as an agency in the achievement of women’s equity. With her husband, human-rights activist Binayak Sen (who gained fame after being convicted of sedition, jailed, and freed on bail), Sen has worked for more than three decades among some of India’s most impoverished and socially stigmatized populations and manages the NGO Rupantar. Presented as part of the Town Hall Civics series with AID India and Asha. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True/Brown Foundation.


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  1. Siddhartha Bandyopad
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    You know if we seriously destine ourself for a corruption-free (and pollution-free) society with decent Politics, has to put genuine commitment in our own mindset. Most of the communities (Bengali or Tamil) in this sub-continent are captured by ‘Culture of Poverty’(Oscar Lewis), irrespective of class or strata, dwells in pavement or in apartment. We are not at all ashamed(or hurt) of the deep-rooted corruption, decaying quality of life, bad Politics, poor work place, weak mother language, continuous consumption of common Social Space. We use to become parents only by self-procreation (animal instinct supported by cheap consumerism) deliberately depriving the incoming children’s fundamental rights of a caring society, fearless & dignified living. Never think of other positive alternative, passionate parenthood – stop giving birth to any child till the society improves fundamentally, co-parenting children those are born out of extreme poverty, instead. Let’s start it from our own household. One desperate attempt is required to take part in the reform process. There has to be a chemical change. If a pure freedom is desired from vicious cycle of poverty, nasty pollution need to start a movement of ‘Production of Space’(Henri Lefebvre), quality Politics would certainly come up. Howrah, India.

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