Friday, 21 February 2014

Gender and the Hindu Right in India

A Public Meeting With Nishrin Jafri Hussain, Dr Angana P. Chatterji and Meena Kandasamy

Chaired by Kalpana Wilson

Monday 3rd March 2014
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
Freedom Without Fear Platform in collaboration with the LSE Gender Institute and South Asia Solidarity Group are hosting a panel discussion on Gender and the Hindu Right in India. In the context of the forthcoming Indian elections in which the current Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi is the Prime Ministerial candidate of the Hindu right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party, a panel of human rights campaigners and academics will discuss questions including: 

  • What are the implications of the rise of the Hindu Right for gendered violence in India - and what would a possible victory for Narendra Modi at a national level mean? 
  • What are the experiences of those seeking justice for the victims and survivors of organised violence against minority communities in Gujarat and Odisha? What has been the role of the state in the violence and its aftermath in each case? 
  • How does the Hindu right mobilise gendered discourses of religion and caste? 
  • How have practices of 'moral policing' and fabrications such as 'love jihad' impacted on gender relations, and how are they are being resisted? 
  • What is the relationship of the British and US governments, transnational corporations and diaspora communities with the Hindu right in India? 
Join us for this panel discussion and subsequent Q+A session with the following speakers:

Nishrin Jafri Hussain is a campaigner for justice for the victims and survivors of the horrific violence against minority communities which took place in Gujarat in 2002. Her father, Ahsan Jafri MP, was brutally murdered during the violence and her family continues to fight for Narendra Modi to be brought to justice.

Dr Angana P. Chatterji is a cultural anthropologist and human rights specialist. In 2005, she convened a people's tribunal in Odisha, calling attention to the impending violence against minorities and religionised oppression. In 2009, her collaborative work through a people's tribunal she co-convened in Jammu & Kashmir called attention to the issue of unknown graves and the need for accountability to families of the disappeared, and subsequently received corroboration from the State Human Rights Commission of Jammu & Kashmir. Her publications include: Violent Gods: Hindu Nationalism in India's Present; Narratives from Orissa (Three Essays Collective, 2009); a co-edited volume, Contesting Nation: Gendered Violence in South Asia; Notes on the Postcolonial Present (Zubaan, 2012); and the reports, BURIED EVIDENCE: Unknown, Unmarked, and Mass Graves in Kashmir (2009), Communalism in Orissa (2006), and Without Land or Livelihood (2004)

Meena Kandasamy is a writer, activist and political columnist. She has published two collections of poetry, Touch and Ms.Militancy. Her first novel, The Gypsy Goddess, revisits the 1968 Kilvenmani massacre where feudal landlords in Tanjore killed 44 Dalit peasants striking for higher wages. Her work is centered on caste annihilation, the Tamil national question and feminism in contemporary India.

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