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Is Information Power?: Civics Training and Women's Political Participation in Rural India

In India there persists a striking gender gap in political participation and representation, despite several decades of targeted policy interventions. Women's political participation is important not only on normative grounds of inclusion, but because we know that when women do participate, politics changes. Dr. Prillaman evaluates the use of political information via gender-oriented civics education at increasing women's political participation.

Myth of the Monolith: Contested Nationalisms within the Sangh Parivar

Gautam Mehta
Monday, December 4, 2017

On July 2, 2015, an unusual Iftar party in New Delhi attracted media attention. Indian political leaders regularly host Iftar parties, an evening meal for Muslims to break their fast during the holy month of Ramadan. However, after becoming Prime Minister in 2014, Narendra Modi had neither hosted nor attended an Iftar event.

Short-term Migration and Women Farmers

Hema Swaminathan
Monday, November 20, 2017

Women have made significant contributions to agriculture in India. The current situation of rural transformation has brought to light women’s roles in agriculture. Typically, any discussion on this topic tends to focus on the most obvious trends; the proportion of women working in the agricultural sector as self-employed, unpaid help or wage labor. What is ignored is an important and interesting shift in women’s roles: women are increasingly participating in farms as managers and decision-makers.