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How many women in 2019?

How many more women will enter the political sphere between 2014 and 2019 depends on how creative and focused civil society’s efforts are—to find the women, convince parties, support campaigns and build women’s confidence and capacity, writes Swarna Rajagopalan

 women in politics


Why sexual violence in conflict is an Indian problem

More than 100 states have endorsed a declaration on ending sexual violence in conflict. India is not one of them. Not surprising, writes Swarna Rajagopalan, in a country which turns a blind eye to high levels of gender discrimination and gender-based violence

sexual violence


Allergic about autonomy

Why have the interlocutors' suggestions for re-distributing authority within J&K raised hackles, when the Indian nation-state has seen so many renegotiations and redrawing of lines in order to resolve conflicts, asks Swarna Rajagopalan

Jammu and Kashmir Interlocutors


Stirred by a foreign hand?

How states relate to dissent is a litmus test for how they relate to civil society writes Swarna Rajagopalan. At Koodankulam, the state targeted NGOs, raised the old bogey of the ‘foreign hand’, and securitised the issue, taking it beyond the realm of debate

Kudal Commission


Diaspora, citizenship and the right to vote

If there is an emerging consensus to enfranchise the diaspora, then it must result in some substantive discussion about exactly who gets to vote, how they get to vote and what they get to vote for, writes Swarna Rajagopalan

enfranchisement of diaspora


The pursuit of happiness

To many policymakers Gross National Happiness doesn't sound like a serious framework to measure progress by, says Swarna Rajagopalan. But isn’t it the welfare state alone which has the capacity to attempt the scale of intervention and programming required to assure each Indian’s welfare?


Women, conflict, rights

International conventions are easy to sign but hard to implement, writes Swarna Rajagopalan on the 11th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, taking a close look at two recent reports which point to the mismatch between what is needed and what exists on paper


The road from 11 to 21

Just days before 9/11 the UN had resolved that every September 21 would be observed as International Day of Peace. The distance from 9/11 to the International Day of Peace is best traversed by the kind of people-to-people contact made possible by international education, says Swarna Rajagopalan


Becoming Indian

The Indian is no longer defined by those living within the borders of India but also those who are between and beyond borders; India is no longer governed by its own laws but also by international conventions and principles, writes Swarna Rajagopalan in the first of her new column on India and the world, and the tensions between