About This Unit
The Women’s Unit of the Indian Social Institute is committed to the mission of providing a dignified and decent human existence for women, by enhancing their capacities in terms of awareness-generation, participation in decision-making processes, raising questions to development paradigms and searching for alternatives.
The institute’s mission is to move towards a gender just society and its focus on women is further advocated through women-based studies and training in themes namely human rights, gender justice and gender sensitiveness. The programmes are mainly action-oriented, aiming to counteract adverse effects on oppressed population from varied persisting and emerging forces and to do this logically and analytical, evaluation is conducted based on facts and figures in regard to effects of various forces on this marginalized population.
1. Influx of Tribal Domestic Workers in Delhi and Role of Placement Agencies
Project Coordinator: Ms Renuka Ramanujam
Brief: A significantly large number of tribal women from Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Orissa are migrating from tribal areas to Delhi in search of employment. Most of these women take up domestic work, in the absence of any better alternative for their survival. Tribal women domestic workers suffer from multiple marginalities: gender, informal/unorganized labor force and ethnicity. Added to this they have now, a new element to deal with “the placement agent” which has made these helpless tribal women ‘negotiable commodities’ in an urban set up. The main objectives of the study are: a). To study multiple forms of placement agencies/service providers; b). To analyze role of placement agencies, understand their structure and modus operandi; c). To map out the relationship between the workers and employers’ and their dependency on placement agencies; and d) To elucidate the extent of sexual and financial exploitation of the domestic workers by placement agencies. The sample size would be of approximately 200 domestic workers (from place of destination, Delhi and place of origin, respective villages), 50 placement agents, 25 employers and 25 families from village. Data gathering would be done through qualitative and quantitative methods.
2. Political Empowerment of Women in Panchayat Raj: A Study of Elected Women Representatives in Bundelkhand Region of Uttar Pradesh
Project Director: Dr. Rakesh K Singh
Brief: The present three-tier panchayat raj system, with provision of representation for women provides a much-needed space for inclusive democracy. However, inclusion or representation of women by itself is not a solution; there is difference between formal power and effective power. There are still formidable structural and political impediments to be overcome before women could actually have much of an impact on grass-root governance. The present study intends to capture major impediments and possibilities of political empowerment of EWRs in an underdeveloped region. It would also look into the level of awareness of their rights and responsibilities; the nature of concern among them regarding issues pertaining to women; and how the presence of women has impacted the policy outcomes of Gram Panchayats. The study would be confined to Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh, which is one of the most underdeveloped regions of the country infamous for its socio-cultural traditions which hardly give any space to women in public sphere. The elected members of Panchayati Raj Institutions in all the 7 districts of the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh thus constitute the population under the study.
1. Impact of Special Economic Zones on the Poor and Women in India
Status: Completed (2012)
Project Director: Dr. Rakesh K. Singh
Post the passage of the SEZ Act of 2005, SEZs have created a new system of governance and political reality in the country. The impact of SEZs is now being felt at different levels. In this background, this is one of the few studies which has analyzed the socio-economic impact of SEZs in terms of loss of livelihood, arable land (impact on agriculture), denial of resources, real estate speculation, impact on the landless and women, including denial of democratic process in the country. The focus is on impact of SEZs in two important states of India, namely, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Three (3) field locations, namely, Mundra SEZ region in Gujarat and Hinjewadi (Manngaon) & Kheda (Rajguru Nagar) SEZ regions in Pune, Maharashtra were selected for this study. The total samples covered from these field locations consisted of 403 local inhabitants or community members who have either lost their land or livelihood or both, and 177 SEZ employees working out there. The findings are broadly in conformity with the belief that SEZs are being set up largely at the expense of the poor and the powerless. It has also deliberated on people’s movement against such development processes in the context of APSEZL, Mundra and MMSEZ, Raigad.
The study has analyzed how the Adani Port and Special Economic Zone Ltd. (APSEZL), Mundra, has dispossessed fishing communities, agricultural farmers, grazers and salt pan workers and have made them destitute in a state that boasts of high development. The state seems to have committed a grave error in handing over an ecologically unique and sensitive area like Kutch to private corporations for reckless construction of SEZs, while turning a blind eye to flagrant violations of Coastal Zone regulations. The SEZs in Mundra and elsewhere in Kutch have made it almost impossible for the lowest in the social strata to make a living, separating them from their traditional source of livelihood and blocking their access to the sea.
On the other hand, on the face of it, though development of SEZs in Pune, Maharshtra appears to be benefiting the local communities with higher prices for their lands, but the question is - even if the process of land takeover has resulted in the improvement of the situation of the local farmers who are the primary stakeholders, will they sustain themselves in the absence of reinvestments in productive assets like land, business, etc? Moreover, those who have gained belong mainly to the already powerful categories and those who are marginalised are among those who were already weak in the traditional structure.
Development of SEZs in Mundra, Gujarat and Hinjewadi (Manngaon) & Kheda (Rajgurunagar) regions of Pune, Maharashtra and their adverse impacts on local inhabitants and wider communities in terms of dispossession and impoverishment are not isolated instances, but representative of a larger malaise that is sweeping the country and indeed much of the developing world. Fascination for SEZ promotion just exposes the ruling class’s sheer ignorance of the ground realities of our country and the strong influence that the industrial houses and the real estate agents continue to exercise over the government's policies.
2. Witch Hunting and Gender Exclusion in Bihar and Jharkhand
Status: Completed (2012)
Project Director: Dr. Christopher Lakra
Researchers: Dr. Rakesh K Singh, Dr. Archana Sinha and Dr. Suchetana Ghosh
Brief: The study in question had its objective laid down in giving some new dimension to the practice of witch hunting/ killings in the states of Bihar and Jharkhand, which continue to be the hot-beds for witch-hunting based on newspaper and other media reports. Four districts – two each from Bihar and Jharkhand were selected: Bhagalpur and Purnia districts in the plain region, West Singbhum and Deoghar districts in the tribal region. Since socio-economic aspects of witch-hunting have been widely covered by earlier studies, the main focus of this study was to understand the witchcraft belief by entering into the minds of the victims and those of the perpetrators & ojhas primarily.
While castigating the dubious role being played by the ojhas & village leaders in perpetuating this problem at grassroots level, and the inadequacy of the anti-witchcraft legislations in Bihar and Jharkhand, especially their implementation, the study calls for more stricter laws in place as well as a stringent implementation mechanism to deal with the menace. At the same time, the issue also needs to be understood with certain “empathy” because the vast majority of rural population is still at the stage of superstitious belief even after 64 years of Independence. Launching of a massive awareness programmes in the affected areas giving people knowledge about happenings around with scientific tamper is necessary. In school syllabus, teachings on awareness about superstitions can be included and encouraged. More importantly, women should organize themselves into groups to fight against this menace which is invariably used as an instrument against women.
3. Evaluation Study of the Scheme for Upgradation of Merit of Scheduled Caste Students in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan
Status: Completed (2011)
Project Director: Dr. Rakesh K Singh
Brief: Commissioned by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, the evaluation study of the Scheme for Upgradation of Merit of Scheduled Caste Students was conducted in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Keeping in view the educational structural deficiencies of SC students, the Scheme provides for 100% Central Assistance to States/ UTs for arranging remedial and special coaching for SC students studying in class IX to XII. The idea is to upgrade the merit of SC students. The objectives of the study were to evaluate the criteria of selection of schools by the States, the system of coverage of students, breakup and nature of remedial and special coaching, selection of teachers for coaching, preference of girl students and handicapped students and impact made by the scheme in the field. The study was formally launched in June 2011. The survey work was carried out in between July 2011 to September 2011.
Some of the major findings/ suggestions of the study are : a). The dilapidated hostels/residential facilities of most of the selected schools need urgent rehabilitation and/ or reconstruction. Some of the hostels, because of their dangerously old buildings are not fit for human residence; b). The financial package grant of Rs.15,000/ students per year, which has not been revised since the scheme was started way back in 1980s, must be sufficiently revised in keeping with the present cost of living; c). Non-implementation of special coaching for beneficiary SC students defeats the very basic purpose for which the scheme was launched. The concerned Principals and State Government authorities must put their feet down ensuring its implementation through a transparent mechanism on an urgent basis; d). For special coaching, schools should follow a system of mix coaching by school and external coaching institutes in coordination; e) Teachers providing coaching to students should be paid better remuneration to motivate them adequately; and f). The provision to include at least 30% girl students and 3 % handicapped SC students should no longer be allowed to just remain an empty promise.
4. Evaluation Study to Assess the Impact of Schemes/Programmes of Maulana Azad Education Foundation (MAEF) on the Target Group
Status: Completed (2010)
Project Director: Dr. Rakesh K Singh
Brief: Maulana Azad Education Foundation (MAEF), a voluntary, non-profit organisation fully funded by the Government of India, commissioned Indian Social Institute to evaluate the impact of its schemes/ programmes on the target group. With a Corpus Fund of around Rs.425, MAEF is involved in promoting education amongst educationally backward minorities' in particular and other backward sections in general. The two main schemes of MAEF have been: Grant-in-Aid to NGOs and Scholarship to Meritorious Girl Students.
The main objectives of this study were to evaluate – a) The system of selection of NGOs evolved by the Foundation and suggestions for improvement, b) The method adopted for short-listing applications received by the Foundation and suggestions for improvement, c) The inspection procedure followed by the MAEF and suggestions for improvement, d) Identification of problematic states and suggestions for more equitable distribution of fund, e) Existing time schedule for receipt, processing and sanction of applications for scholarships and suggestions for improvement, and f) Verification of assets, including quality of assets created out of MAEF grants.
The study came to the conclusion that the Foundation, through its two main schemes, namely, grant-in-aid to NGOs and scholarships to meritorious girls, is playing an exemplary role in promoting education amongst the educationally backward minorities. The main suggestions that followed are: a) The Foundation needs to further streamline the system of selection of NGOs. This would require a serious re-look at the current wisdom to carry forward applications resulting in never ending backlogs/ pending applications; b) Considering that the number of quality proposals/ applications from some of the most educationally backward areas/ states is still low (where implementation of the scheme is most desired), it is high time the Foundation adopts area specific publicity strategies to attract more and more proposals from such states; and c) To keep up with the changing times and meet the need for greater transparency and improved service delivery, the Foundation must go for inviting online applications, including monitoring of proposals sooner than later.
5. Gurgaon Unorganised Worker’s Living Conditions: A Sociological Study
Status: Completed (2010)
Researchers: Ms Alka Srivastava, Dr. Rakesh K Singh and Ms Roshni Chakravarty
Brief: The study attempts to understand the problems arising from ruthless top-down priorities of the ruling elite without regard for the majority of the citizens, which creates a growing under-class. Focusing on qualitative and quantitative analysis of various facets of social, civic and economic conditions of tens of lacs of migrant workers living in Gurgaon, it reports on the appalling working conditions in Gurgaon factories and examines the government structures and policies, and the relationships of government, private, and public-private agencies that are responsible for such living and working conditions.
The study comes out with the fact that migrant workers coming from different states, religion and caste create a diverse population in Gurgaon. The young age group of the workers point to the dangers of thwarted ambitions and hopes. The majority of them live in slums which are severely lacking in essential services such as decent housing, sanitation and access to clean, safe water. Living on the periphery, they are pushed to the very margins of society, existing in the smallest sliver of space possible. The meagre income of the workers and their inability to have family lives create a situation of huge frustration, illegalities and criminal elements that fill in the vacuum left due to lack of governmental provisions.
Workshop with Domestic Workers of Delhi, New Delhi, April 20, 2012
On April 20, 2012, Women’s Unit of Indian Social Institute collaborated with Nirmala Niketan, Domestic Workers Forum and Adivasi Jiwan Vikas Sansthan to conduct a one day workshop with domestic workers of Delhi. The focus of the workshop was creating awareness and understanding amongst migrant women domestic workers about sexual, verbal and physical abuse that they face at their workplace, ‘existing legal provisions and what needs to be done’. The workshop was attended by over 80 women domestic workers mainly from Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, and Assam.
The workshop began with the Executive Director of Indian Social Institute, John Chatthanatt S.J welcome address. He briefed on the subject of the workshop. The morning session began with ice breaking exercise. Simple questions were asked and women were asked to raise their hands. The objective of the workshop was explained and to understand it better there was a presentation of select cases which highlighted violence and abuse that women face at their place of work. Women were then divided in small groups and were asked to do a role play/ discuss on different types of abuse they face at home. They were divided into 5 small groups. Each group was given a subject on physical, verbal, sexual and mental abuse that women face during their day to day work. Women had no problems with the subject and could relate with the subject. The main points that came out very clearly from these small group presentations included that a) Women are constantly on their toes serving the family day and night; b). Women are not allowed to talk or interact to any outsider even to women; c). Women are not given holidays very easily; d). Placement agencies play an important role in employment of these women and charge hefty fee from the employers; and e). The relationship between employer and employee is often exploitative.
In the evening session, Sister Leona, an advocate who has been handling many cases of domestic workers over the years, narrated select incidents of abuse and violence on domestic workers. She encouraged women to be a part of an organization which can fight for their rights as it is very difficult to fight as individuals. She also educated women about “Domestic Worker Rights Campaign on Domestic Workers (Regulation of Employment, Condition of Work, Social Security and welfare) Bill, 2010 which was submitted to NCW. On the other hand, Shubash Bhatnagar, a social activist from Nirmala Niketan, shared that women should speak out otherwise it is very difficult for anyone to support and help. He also gave an outline of the Tripartite Board for regulation of placement agencies which would include representatives of domestic workers, employers and Government through a democratic process. Women seemed to have enjoyed the workshop and wanted to have more meetings and workshops.
Workshop on Local Self-Governance - Emerging Women Leadership, Kadva, Katihar, 2-3 March 2012
Bihar is one of the first states to introduce reservation for women in the Panchayati raj institutions. This is considered to be one of the major achievements of the present Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. It is widely accepted that in the relatively backward state of Bihar in the last five years under this government there has been a fairly new kind of political empowerment among the deprived sections of the society. An interesting story of this empowerment is in circulation. The story reported in The Times of India goes like this: During the first phase of polling on Thursday when a middle-aged Scheduled Caste woman, Bhogia Devi from eastern Bihar’s Madhepura district, decided to cast her vote first and then perform the last rites of her husband who died shortly before polling began. Bhogia, a resident of Murho panchayat in Madhepura district, lost her husband Shanichar Rishideo on Wednesday night, barely 10 hours before polling began and her family as well as her neighbours expected her to perform the last rites of her husband on a priority basis. But she decided to go to the polling booth first. “His last rites could be performed any time, but the voting period will definitely not return”, she bluntly replied when asked about her decision. “I will cast my vote first and then cremate my husband.” A local village council official said: “I asked her to complete the last rites of her husband in the morning, but she ignored my advice”, the village head of Murho panchayat area, Mira Devi, told reporters.
This story suggests that women in relatively patriarchal society in Bihar treat representation in these institutions as means of their liberation. However, it is also true that a new term appeared in the lexicon of the the state’s political lexicon known as “mukhia-pati” — husband of the elected woman panchayat head and the panchayat’s real power centre. Despite the Nitish Kumar-led regime’s initiatives for women’s empowerment in Bihar, meaningful participation of elected women representatives in panchayati raj institutions has been a nonstarter due to rapacious interference by their husbands in virtually all daecision-making processes. Bihar’s panchayati raj minister Bhim Singh was so upset to see husbands of women members sitting in most official meetings that he wrote out an official warning. “I have directed that they (women panchayat members) will face strict action, including heavy monetary fines, if they continue to bring their husbands to official meetings. The husbands often give advice to their elected spouses at the meetings with officials and even issue orders on their behalf as if they (wives) are mere puppets,” said Mr Singh. With women in Bihar still living largely in a male-dominated feudal society and the women panchayat leaders owing their electoral victories almost entirely to their husbands’ political work, experts say independent decision making will remain impossible for women in near future. Perhaps, the reservation of half the seats in panchayat bodies for women has defeated the political ambitions of so many men in Bihar that there will be male dominance in all spheres of grassroots democracy.
Keeping in view the rising political ambitions of women countered by the overarching dominance of patriarchy, Indian Social Institute (ISI), New Delhi and Alliance for Holistic and Sustainable Development of Communities (AHSDC), Patna, organized a workshop on the theme “Local Self-Governance - Emerging Women Leadership” on March 2-3, 2012 at the Kadva in the district of Katihar. The objectives of the workshop were as follows:
a) To discuss the areas of problems for women PRI representatives
b) To help them in understanding their political rights as representatives
c) To inculcate confidence in the representatives so that the category mukhiyaa-pati could become obsolete
d) To develop a network for a long term planning for sustained interaction
The workshop was attended by around seventy five (75) people including several present and ex- PRI representatives. The meeting started with a press conference which was reported in several newspapers and the TV channels so that the message could reach out to the wider audience. The press conference was addressed by Dr. Manindra Nath Thakur from Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Dr. Rakesh Singh from Indian Social Institute, New Delhi. As a political scientist Dr Thakur suggested that media should play a role in spreading the idea that women empowerment is possible if gradually they decide to learn the rules of the game and achieve individuality as political leadership.
The workshop started with introduction of the participants and resource persons. After introduction, Dr. Rakesh Singh introduced the Indian Social Institute and its commitment to the women’s empowerment. He stressed upon the point regarding the need of training programmes for the women PRI representative. He questioned the idea that merely reservation in the institutions will be of much help unless women are trained handling the hitherto male dominant public sphere. He also argued that the real representation would mean formation of new agenda for the panchayatiraj prioritizing the socio-economic and reproductive health of women in general.
AHSDC representative, Mr. Prakhar introduced the organization and expressed his desire to undertake long term projects on women’s development in this area. He informed the people about the works of AHSDC and emphasized on the need of cooperation of the women representatives in fulfilling the dreams of the organization. He also invited the women representatives for working out a gender based development plans and suggested that such plans should be given to the MLAs and MPs of this area.
Dr. Thakur introduced the idea of PRI and its importance for transforming the social relations including that of caste and class. Referring to the data available on this area he emphasized on the point that education and health are two major issues in this area and the women representatives should mobilize people around these issues. He suggested that the husbands of the women representatives should spend their time in other developmental works in these areas as many of them do have political backgrounds, but they should develop confidence on their wives and sisters in the political matters. This seems to be quite unfortunate that husbands do at times represent their wives in the meetings. He gave the background of the women’s movements worldwide to encourage the women politicians to take their work as normal and not something that they are not capable of doing. During discussions, the point that came from the side of representatives was that male domination in Government offices hinders their participation as quite frequently they feel being ignored by the officials. Dr. Thakur suggested them to insist on their point and request written communication from the officials. He also suggested that on certain issues like functioning of the healthcare system and education they should mobilize women to demonstrate the strength. He gave example of Gulabi Gang, a women organization in Kanpur which threatens strong action and at times demonstration on various issues. During the action they wear gulabi sari and keep a stick with themselves. The moment they receive any message of humiliation of women they assemble and decide about the immediate action.
The initial round of discussion was followed by several other rounds of discussion on several many issues relating to emerging women leadership and Panchayat Raj Institution in Bihar. After long discussions following issues came up:
a) There is lack confidence in the representatives
b) There is hardly any quality education for women that results in to acceptance of domination; particularly they should be trained in reading the legal and language and that of official communication
c) There should be some training programme for developing their capability for reading the policy documents and understanding larger issues of governance
d) Regular training programmes should be organized
e) Some non-formal education including lifelong learning centres should be open
f) Awareness programmes about reproductive health should be undertakes
g) A resource centre for politically active women should be established and films, books etc on gender issues should be available in these centres
Workshop on Gender Development and Panchayat Raj Institutions
(20th and 21st of September 2011, Banda, Uttar Pradesh)
The Women’s Unit of Indian Social Institute, in association with Vidya Dham Samiti, Atarra, organised a two-day Workshop on Gender Development and Panchayat Raj Institutions on 20th and 21st of September 2011 at Banda, Uttar Pradesh. The objective of the workshop was to provide women PRI representatives with perspectives required for understanding their role and responsibilities under local self governance/PRI. Around 70 participants, including 50 women PRI representatives from four (4) Panchayats of Naraini block of Banda district, SHG members, social activists, Government officials, and media personnel took part in the deliberations of the event. The workshop constituted of role plays, situation sharing, inspirational songs, discussions on different issues and presentations to educate and encourage the women PRI representatives. Dr. Rakesh K Singh, Representative, Indian Social Institute, in his opening address stated that Panchayats are the main drivers of growth in our country and women have a very important role to play. Unfortunately, despite the 73rd Constitutional Amendment which has ensured 33 percent reservation for women candidates, participation of women is still negligible in PRIs. In most of the cases, it is their husbands and other relatives who perform the job of newly elected women PRI representatives.
Women PRI representatives narrated how they are not allowed to participate in Panchayat meetings, and how they do not get any cooperation from anybody in the villages or within the PRI structure. They are not able to perform the expected duties because of several factors like illiteracy, ignorance, and patriarchy, they maintained. All women PRI representatives promised to put to use their gained knowledge and enthusiasms in their real lives. They also expressed their eagerness to participate actively in PRI meetings and take interest and lead various community development projects in their respective areas. They showed special interest in mobilizing govt. agencies for funds and felt more confident and eager in initiating and supervising development projects related to girls, women, health and child education & development. The workshop was widely covered by the local media, both print and electronic. The detailed report of this event would be shared soon.
Workshop on Tagore’s Perception on Gender and Development: Relevance and Implications in the Contemporary Times (July 30-31, 2010, Visva Bharati University, Bolpur, Santiniketan, West Bengal)
The objective of the workshop was to provide the participants with perspectives and ideas of Rabindranath Tagore on gender and development and it’s relevance today as well as to provide with the tools and skills required for understanding and mainstreaming gender issues and gender marginalization. The workshop intended to examine personal and social construction of gender in the Indian context especially with an emphasis on Tagore’s view on gender and development. It was attended by over 70 participants, including academics/ scholars and students from Visva-Bharati University and its colleges; block and panchayat representatives from nearby blocks - Rupur, Kankali, Raipur, Supur, Ilambazar and so on; and those from NGOs, and S.D.O./D/M. offices. The resource persons and presenters covered a range of scholars, academics and development professionals, such as, Prof. Malini Bhattacharya, Chairperson, State Women’s Commission, West Bengal; Prof. Jashodhara Bagchi, former Chairperson, State Women’s Commission, West Bengal; Prof. Uday Narayan Singh, Director, Rabindra Bhavana, Visva-Bharati; Prof. Sutapa Bhattacharya, Retd. Professor, Dept. of Bengali,Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan; Prof. Amit Hazra, Director, Dept. of Rural Extension,Visva-Bharati,Santiniketan; and Prof. Rafiqul Islam, Dept. of Rural Extension, Visva- Bharati, Santiniketan.
Workshop on Panchayat Raj Institutions: Gender and Development (July 14-15, IMA Hall, Patna, Bihar)
In association with Alliance for Holistic and Sustainable Development of Communities (AHSDC), Patna, the Women’s Unit of ISI conducted this workshop on 14th and 15th of July 2010. The main objective of the workshop was to sensitize, make aware and empower the elected PRI representatives to improve their perception and knowledge to work with confidence for the development of panchayats. Some of the key issues that were focused upon were: understanding institutional dynamics in development, opportunities and challenges before elected women PRI representatives, and the role of local self governance institutions in development processes. The workshop was attended by more than 75 persons including PRI representatives, NGOs, Government officials, and media personnel. The vent was widely covered by the local media (both print and electronic).
- Workshop on findings with stakeholders on 'LEE Project' held in Chandigarh on June 11, 2008
- Workshop on 'Gender and Development' held in XISS-Ranchi on June 24-27, 2008
- Training Programme for NGOs/Persons working with AIDS and Vulnerable Sector of Society.
- Workshop on Women in the Unorganized Sector
- Workshop on LPG and Its Impact on Women
- Workshop on Women in Rural India
- Gender Sensitization and Strategies for Social Mobilization
- Women and Health
- Rural Technology for Women
- Socio-Economic Issues and Prospects in Women’s Empowerment
- Economic Empowerment of Women: The Interface between Agencies, Groups and Individuals
- Cultural Heritage and Status of Women
- Women in Conflict
- Women and Rehabilitation
- Watershed Management for Community Development
- Women and Health Problems and Possibilities
- National Workshop on Poverty Alleviation and SHG
- Workshop as part of Self Help Group Project
- Gender and Development: Approaches and Strategies
- Workshop to share the findings of the research study on PRIs and Women in Rajasthan
- A Journey Towards Enlightenment: Life Enrichment Education: A Strategy for Women's Empowerment", (A study on Women in Punjab and Haryana), 2008.
- "Andhero ke Beech: Jati Dharma aur Pitrasatta ke Dayre mein kaid Mahilayien, Kuch Ayaam", 2008. Pp147.
- “A Long Journey Ahead: Women in Panchayati Raj (A study in Rajasthan)”,
- Study Report of Tribal Ministry Project (evaluation study of the four educational schemes) submitted to the Ministry in July 2007
- “ Dalit Identity in Bihar”, in Fernando Franco (ed), ‘Pain and Awakening: The Dynamics of Dalit Identity in Bihar, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh’
- “Self Help Groups and Civil Society: A Preliminary Study”,
- “Women Self Help Groups in the Process of Rural Development” in Kiran Prasad
- Dr. Rakesh K Singh, “Right to Education: Bridging the Class Divide”, Subalterns, Volume 19, April-June 2011
- Rachna Atri Saksena, “What is Wrong with ‘The Rights’?”, Subalterns, Volume 19, April-June 2011
- Dr. Rakesh K Singh, “Disappearing Daughters”, Editorial, Women’s Link, Vol.17, No.2, April-June 2011
- Rachna Atri Saksena, “A Day in Your Purse”, Women’s Link, Vol.17, No.2, April-June 2011
- Dr. Rakesh K Singh, “Fighting Corruption: The Role of Civil Society Organizations”, Subalterns, Volume 19, July-September 2011
- Dr. Rakesh K Singh, “Gender Divide in Education”, Editorial, Women’s Link, Vol.17, No.3, July-September 2011
- Dr. Rakesh K Singh, “Single Women: The Forgotten Citizens”, Editorial, Women’s Link, Vol.17, No.4, October-December 2011
- Dr. Rakesh K Singh, “Elected Women Representatives in Panchayat Raj”, Social Action, Volume 62, January-March 2012
- Dr. Rakesh K Singh, “FDI in Multi-Brand Retail: Let Consumer be the King”, Subalterns, Volume 20, January-March 2012
- Dr. Rakesh K Singh, “Dress Code for Women”, Editorial, Women’s Link, Vol.18, No.1, January-March 2012
- Dr. Rakesh K Singh, "Fighting Corruption: The Role of Civil Society Organisations", Subalterns (Vol.19, July-September 2011)
- Dr. Rakesh K Singh, "Right to Education: Bridging the Class Divide", Subalterns (Vol.19, April-June 2011)
- Rachna Atri, “What is wrong with ‘The Rights?”, Subalterns (Vol.19, April-June 2011)
- Dr. Rakesh K Singh, “Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2010: The Height of Corruption’, Subalterns (Vol.19, January-March 2011)
- Dr. Rakesh K Singh, Editorial on “Repeal AFSPA Now”, Legal News & Views (Vol.24, No.11, November 2010)
- Dr. Rakesh K Singh, “Land Acquisition in India: The Issues at a Glance”, Subalterns (Vol.18, July-September 2010)
- Dr. Rakesh K Singh, “Inclusion of Caste in the Census: The Triumph of the OBC Politics?”, Subalterns (Vol.18, October-December 2010)
- Dr. Rakesh K Singh, "Right to Education: Bridging the Class Divide", Subalterns (Vol.19, April-June 2011
- Dr. Rakesh K Singh, “Witch-Hunting: Alive and Kicking”, Women’s Link (January-March 2011
- Dr. Rakesh K Singh, “Inflationary Provisions Leave a Bitter Taste in the Mouth”, Subalterns (Vol.18, No.2, April-June 2010
- Dr. Rakesh K Singh, Editorial on “Dealing with Naxal Violence: Do we have the Political Will?”, Legal News & Views (Vol.23, No11, November 2009)
- Dr. Rakesh K Singh, “Development and Naxalism”, Subalterns (Vol.18, January-March 2010)
- Dr. Rakesh K Singh, “Fighting for the Rights of Construction Workers” (Interview with Ms. Geetha Ramakrishnan, NMPS), Women’s Link, January-March 2010
- Alka Srivastava, “India: Bewildering Collection of Contradictions”, Women’s Link
- Alka Srivastava, “Swasthya ki Sankalpna Aur Bharatiya Mahilaye: Ek Nazaria”, Women’s Link,
- Alka Srivastava, “Siksha ke Jariye Poornaroopena Vikaskram Mein Aadivasi Mahelayein”, Haashiye ki Awaaz
- Alka Srivastava, “Yeh Khamoshi Kab Tak”, Article on Violence on Women, - Hum Sabala, a Jagori Publication,
- Alka Srivastava, “Women in Self Help Groups in four Indian States”, Social Change
Last Updated June 25, 2012