Seminar: The Politics of Rights: Reflections on Uncivil Society in India
About the seminar
The last decade in India has seen the enactment of several laws that codify various civil and socioeconomic rights. Many if not most of the laws respond to the claims made by various social movements, civil society coalitions and street uprisings over varying periods of time, some for decades and some for a few weeks.
Aided by the media and judiciary, these have established a politics of redistributive justice and a political articulation among dis-empowered groups of ‘the right to have rights’. However the recent regime changes are a portent of shrinking space for such rights-claiming, and the contest will become sharper. What implications would this have for those researching the realization of rights?
About the speaker
Jashodhara Dasgupta is a civil society activist and researcher working on women’s right to health, including sexual and reproductive health. She has led the Indian NGO SAHAYOG for the last 12 years, and has served on the Lancet University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health and on other expert groups set up by the government in India.
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