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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.
In 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Law Commission had invited ‘religious groups, social groups, non-governmental organizations, political parties, civil society initiatives and government agencies’ to participate in the process of ‘comprehensive exercise of revision and reform of family laws’ towards the realization of the Article 44 of the Indian Constitution. It is based on the belief that women’s rights need to guide the process of family law reform. To that effect it sought to invite public opinion through a structured questionnaire with 16 questions.
Click Here to read the response that Anveshi has send to Law Commission’s Questionnaire on the UCC.
A half day seminar on the issues of surrogacy and legislation was conducted at Anveshi by N Sarojini of Sama, a Delhi based resource group for women and health. She started the talk with screening of a film “Can We See the Baby Bump Please?”, directed by Surabhi Sharma. Sarojini then went on to discuss the legal issues, the ethical and existential dilemmas, and the questions of gender and politics that arise with the practice and the Surrogacy Regulation Bill 2016.
Anveshi organized a discussion session with Ms Zakiya Soman of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolann on Triple talaq: Issues at stake for Muslim women. She spoke about why triple talaq is an issue for the Muslim communities. The Andolan has conducted surveys about the prevalence of this practice in the community and has published it in the form of a report. Click here to read the full report. She also shared her motivation behind this campaign against the triple talaq and their decision to appeal to the current government to reform the Muslim personal law.