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Seminar on Development Beyond the State

Anveshi organized the seminar on

Development Beyond the State

on 19th and 20th January 2018 at Osmania University guest house, ICSSR small seminar hall. 
The objective of the seminar is to have informed discussions regarding the roadblocks, impasses and crises that we encounter as we think about, theorize, and practice our different activisms in contemporary India.  It is to simultaneously re-examine the implicit boundaries of our disciplines and frameworks of thought as they facilitate our understanding of the contemporary moment.
  • What would adequate social, cultural, religious development be like if imagined beyond the overarching figure of state driven planning and development agendas, their language, drive and limits?
  • How should we begin to comprehend what development means when it applies to ourselves and other privileged groups, and not to some poor soul whose life needs to be uplifted?
  • What would be a norm or ideal of development which is appropriate to our concrete situation as thinkers and activists?
  • How do we understand and conduct ourselves with respect to the nation/development/crises around us today?
  • What are the changes in society that are invisible to us because of our own academic/ideological blinkers?
These questions don’t imply that state led development plans have failed, or that the development of the poor is not an issue.  They only suggest that while the development of the state and the populations addressed by it are the subject of widespread critical discussion, how we as academics, administrators and activists need to hone our own perspectives remains in the shadow.  This seminar turns the light back on us.
There will be presentations by ​senior academics and activists ​who have been called upon to reflect on their perspectives regarding the dimensions of development that go beyond state programmes and administrative welfare.  These presentations will be followed by discussions.
We are glad to announce that there has been a heartening response from the fields of education, minority politics, religion, language and culture.  The aim is to have a good discussion of the papers.
The ​concept note ​ may be accessed here, the tentative schedule may be seen here
You are invited to attend, and please inform others who may be interested in these academic deliberations.


Please send a mail to the following addresses confirming your participation, sessions (and lunch) you will attend.


Talk on the Dalits and Making of Modern India

Dalit Information and Education Trust in collaboration with Anveshi hosted a talk “The Dalits and Making of Modern India” by Dr. Chinnaiah Jangam, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Carlton University, Canada. He is a historian who specializes in modern South Asia. He finished his Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, UK in 2005 and his thesis focused on the intellectual and political writings of Dalits against caste inequality and oppression in colonial South India. His primary research focus is on the intellectual history of Dalits, especially their engagement with colonialism, nationalism, and Christianity. In this talk he mapped the rich history of activism and mobilization of several Dalit groups and how this vibrant history has been marginalized in the mainstream historical narratives.

Anveshi along with Queer Campus Hyderabad organized a Memorial meeting for Vishal Tondon

Vishal Tondon, 43, was an artist, teacher, writer and curator. He had a Masters degree in History of Art from Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan. He won the Viswa Bharati merit scholarship in 2010-11. His interviews and articles were published in magazines such as Art Etc, Art News and vishal tondonViews, Searching Lines, Art Varta and Channel 6. He has participated in three rounds of the workshops on Curating Visual Culture organised by the ACUA, Baroda, The Jamshetji Tata trust and IFA. He has also illustrated six books on mythology for children, which were published by Puffin, an imprint of Penguin Books, 2011. He authored an easy for the exhibition catalogue for the show Jannis-Relook by Jehangir Jani, for Kalakriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad. He also taught History of Art and Philosophy at the Annapurna International School of Film and Media (AISFM) at Hyderabad. In 2012 Vishal Tondon in collaboration with Wajood and Anveshi Research Centre for Women’s Studies he curated an Queer Art exhibition titled ‘Exclusively Inclusive’. This Art Exhibition was one of first of its kind of Queer event in Hyderabad, initiating a dialogue about Queer people and art in the city even before its first pride. Either by his own art or by encouraging other young queer artists Vishal had made always sure that Art was the part of Queer Movement.
At the time of his tragic demise on 1st July, he was pursuing Ph.D in the Department of Women’s Studies, University of Hyderabad.
Here is a link of his article published at Café Dissensus
Exclusionary Masculinities: Exploring caste, class, and gender bias in urban Indian gay men

Annual General Body Meeting

Anveshi held its Annual General Body Meeting on 28th June, 2017. Aisha Farooqui opened it with a welcome speech. It was followed by the Annual financial report by Uma Maheshwari.
Annual Activity report was presented by Achyuta Suneetha. R. Srivatsan gave a presentation on how to think about “Development Beyond State”. Mithun Som reported on “City and Sexuality” project. It was followed by a panel discussion on challenges faced by women journalists. It was moderated by Sajaya Kakarla. The panel members were: Kavitha Katta (Senior Reporter, In charge of Manavi, Nava Telangana). Thulasi Chandu (Senior Reporter, ABN Andhra Jyothi), Rajitha Sanaka (Indian Express), Padma Vangapally (Krishi TV, an initiate of CSA).

The Muffasil in the Metropolis (Two-day National Workshop)

Anveshi cordially invites you to a two-day national workshop The Muffasil in the Metropolis on 28th & 29th April, 2017                                                                              Venue: OUCIP, Osmania University, Hyderabad.

A Brief Report on The Muffasil in the Metropolis                        Click for Concept Note                              Click for Schedule

mad's final poster latestIn the last couple of decades, increasing number of people have begun to come alone to the city for better education and job opportunities which they lack in their home-towns, thanks to India’s path of unequal growth and development. Cities are (perhaps never been!) not just physical spaces but also repositories of our aspirations, holding forth promises of better life. The popular imagination of the city is fuelled by the mass-mediatized images beaming through television, films etc. Young women now come to a big city to escape from the patriarchal control of home, surveillance of their home town or just to find themselves. A Dalit boy or girl might be seeing a city as an egalitarian place which will give them some relief from age old feudal casteism that they face each day in their village. For a queer person, city might reflect the place to get some space for independent identity. Their different journeys reflect the aspirations which either get fulfilled or shattered by the city and its institutions.

Hyderabad, the city of minarets, pearls, biryani, and centre for global cyber activities is no exception to this aspirational landscape. Presently about 25 percent of the population in Hyderabad is migrant population. The software boom and the resultant growth in the allied sectors too have attracted a large number of young people to the city. Burgeoning educational institutions in the city have also increased the number of students coming to the city.

Aspirational migrants come from multiple social, political and economic backgrounds. Their multiple entry points and differential access to resources make their journeys distinct from each other. Depending on whether they land up in the universities, IT sector jobs, as mall workers, nurses, in coaching centres, for government jobs, their future paths get decided as these institutions further mould their aspirations. For many the city becomes a ladder which then broadens their horizon. We find that what such young people can and do depends on the complex set of factors such as the institutional culture, their support networks at the workplace and readiness for new life. While we all recognize and know that the city brings about a change in the young people, less acknowledged or well-known is the change that these muffasil youth are bringing about in the city and its character. This change is manifested in the increasing number of women’s hostels, changing nature of old neighbourhoods, businesses catering to the needs of migrant population, addressing concerns of women’s safety (She teams, She shuttle). This could be in response to women students demanding equal library timings in MANNU, students in HCU who raise their voices against the structural casteism present in the universities, nurses who see city as the place to generate financial support for their families, queer people who see city as a escape from repressive structures, IT workers who want the city to be more accessible in terms of transportation and accommodation. Through this workshop, we wish to understand how these migrations and the migrants are changing the face, character and structure of the cities. We envisage it as a platform to collectively think and learn about these changes that are occurring in different cities across the country and in the context of Hyderabad. This would entail listening to a wide range of people, from media journalists, academicians, geographers, urban planners, historians, artists, performers who are engaged in the process of understanding change in contemporary cities from diverse perspectives with different tools and lenses.

Public lecture on The political history of ​Nutrition ​S​cience by Dr C. Sathyamala

Dr C. Sathyamala discussed the broad history of the debates in nutrition science in the West and in India.  In her presentation she critically looked at the changing concepts of food adequacy, hunger, calories and norms/measures of nutrition and the different contexts in which they gained currency. She elaborated on the effects of the deployment of these modes of knowledge in Indian nutrition policy and planning post-independence, up till contemporary times.

Discussion with Bhargavi Davar

Contemporary issues in mental health activism (five parts)

R. Srivatsan plenary speech on “Health for all Indians: a goal afar?”

R. Srivatsan was invited to speak at the plenary session at Indian Social Science Conference organized by Indian Academy of Social Sciences and University of Mysore. In his speech, titled Health for all Indians: a goal afar?, he gave a broad sketch on the status of health and quality of life in India. Click here for full article


Dr. A. Suneetha’s article on Arbitrary Talaq was published by The Wire.

This article bring to light how Muslim women’s groups have fought to strengthen personal rights of women in marriage and the family and at the same time fought against vilification of their community on charges of communal violence. It maps how their activism has brought about positive shifts in popular debates, court judgments and Muslim Personal Law Board. The most important contribution of these women groups is that their activism has spread the debate around ‘arbitary talaq’ and alerted more people to the unjustness of this practice in a way that many progressive judgments in the courts has failed to achieve.

Click here to read the entire published article.



Training Program for “Gender Sensitization to the Faculty”

Anveshi was invited to facilitate a training program for “Gender Sensitization to the Faculty” conducted by Telengana State Government and MHRD. This workshop was conducted to equip selected teachers from Undergraduate Colleges as “master trainers” on the new course on Gender Sensitization for which the book Towards a World of Equals is the recommended course book. This training program was aimed at orienting the teachers about Gender Studies and introducing them to suitable classroom practices for teaching this course effectively.