Madhu Purnima Kishwar is currently Maulana Azad National Professor, ICSSR

She is also the founder-editor of Manushi- A Journal about Women &Society, which was started in 1978. The Journal endeavored to promote informed activism through research-based writing and critiques on various issues in a manner that integrates women’s rights and concerns in each and every aspect of our national life and has steadfastly avoided the

“ladies compartment” approach to women’s issues. The print edition of Manushi gave way to the online edition in 2008. In 1993 she also founded Manushi Sangathan—a Forum for Democratic Reforms aimed at making governance more accountable and transparent, especially with regard to the rights of vulnerable groups. Both Kishwar’s professional academic work at CSDS as well as for MANUSHI are aimed at finding effective solutions for the economic, political and social problems confronting us in India today through patient study, non-partisan approach, live interaction with the concerned people and informed activism. Her aversion towards ‘ism’ and ideologies and authoritarian measures for social and economic reforms are quite well known. For her, truth, non-violence and compassion are the most reliable criteria to judge the worth of any idea or action. Another litmus test she considers important for evaluating the rightness or otherwise of ideas and interventions is whether or not they actually expand the horizons of freedom for the people and give due respect to their notions of good life.

Books authored or edited by Kishwar

Modi, Muslims and Media: Voices from Narendra Modi’s Gujarat, Manushi Publications, New Delhi, 2014. (http://www.manushi.in/bukfilm_detail.php?booksfilmsid=37)

Zealous Reformers, Deadly Laws,and Other EssaysSage Publications, New Delhi, 2008.(http://www.manushi.in/bukfilm_detail.php?booksfilmsid=27)

Deepening Democracy: Challenges of Governance and Globalization in India, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2004. (http://www.manushi.in/bukfilm_detail.php?booksfilmsid=26)

Off the Beaten Track: Rethinking Gender Justice for Indian Women, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 1999 (http://www.manushi.in/bukfilm_detail.php?booksfilmsid=25)

Religion at the Service of Nationalism and Other Essays, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 1998 (http://www.manushi.in/bukfilm_detail.php?booksfilmsid=24)

The Dilemma and Other Stories by VijaydanDetha, (Ed) ManushiPrakashan, 1997.

Manushiya Moatu, (Kannada) A Book of Essays by Madhu Kishwar compiled and translated by L.G. Meera and introduced by D.R. Nagaraj, Akshara Prakashana, Bangalore, 1997.

Voices from the Save Himalaya Campaign (Booklet in Hindi), ManushiPrakashan, New Delhi, 1993.

In Search of Answers: Indian Women’s Voices from Manushi. (Co-edited with Ruth Vanita), Zed Books, London, 1984. Second edition, Horizon Books, New Delhi, 1990. Third edition, Manohar, New Delhi, 1996, An abridged version was also published in Japanese by Akashi Shoten, Tokyo, 1990 (http://www.manushi.in/bukfilm_detail.php?booksfilmsid=14)

Women Bhakta Poets, Lives and Poetry of Women Mystics in India from 6th to 17th Century   (Co-edited with Ruth Vanita), Manushi Prakashan, New Delhi, 1989.(http://www.manushi.in/bukfilm_detail.php?booksfilmsid=13)

Gandhi and Women, Manushi Prakashan, New Delhi, 1986. (Also published in Telugu)(http://www.manushi.in/bukfilm_detail.php?booksfilmsid=12)

Forthcoming

The Quintessential Oneness of  “Amar, Akbar Anthony: Bollywood’s Portrayal of Minority-Majority Relations in India”

1. The following episodes of Manas Series in Hindi was telecast on Doordarshan:

Documentary Films and Media Work

Kishwar also makes documentary films on a variety of themes in order to mobilize opinion on issues.

Dowry: Compulsion vs. Need. The social and economic dynamics behind the spread of the culture of dowry despite stringent legislation.

The Disinheritance of Women from Family Property.

Liquor and State Policy: Why Anti-Liquor Movements Inevitably Turn Anti-State.

Governmental Controls on Agriculture and the Increasing Rural-Urban Divide being promoted through our Farm Policy.

License Permit Raj: a View from Below (Study of street vendors and rickshaw pullers in Delhi).

The Pauperization of our Traditional Technologists and Artisans.

Researched, scripted and anchored a prime-time program called News Watch for Doordarshan. This was an investigative weekly program of media review, which provided an informed critique of media reports on important issues, covering the content as well as the presentation of media reports.

Under the Agenda for India series commissioned by the national television channel Doordarshan, she made thirteen episodes entitled “Kisse Kanoon Ke” reviewing the actual workings and impact of various laws enacted ostensibly to protect or strengthen women’s rights in India.

Conceptualized and anchored a series of youth programs entitled Baazgasht for the Srinagar Kendra of Doordarshan in 2006.

Her latest documentary film entitled A Tale of Four Cities, deals with the survival battles of street vendors against eviction drives in Patiala, Gwalior, Lukhnow and Hyderabad resulting in vendor suicides in the first three above mentioned cities.

2. Researched, scripted, and anchored a prime-time program called News Watch for  Doordarshan. This was an investigative weekly program of media review, which provided an informed critique of media reports on important issues, covering the content as well as the presentation of media reports.

3. Under the Agenda for India series commissioned by the national television channel Doordarshan she made thirteen episodes entitled “Kisse Kanoon Ke” reviewing the actual workings and impact of various laws enacted ostensibly to protect or strengthen women’s rights in India.

4. Conceptualized and anchored a series of youth programs entitled Baazgasht for the Srinagar Kendra of Doordarshan in 2006.

5. Her latest documentary film entitled A Tale of Four Cities, deals with the survival battles of street vendors against eviction drives in Patiala, Gwalior, Lukhnow and Hyderabad resulting in vendor suicides in the first three above mentioned cities.

Manushi Geet

Kishwar has also written and set to music a cassette of songs on women’s issues entitled Manushi Geet. Some of these were used in a street play entitled Roshni created as a group effort by Manushi’s performance team under the direction of Feisal Alkazi.

Select List of Book Chapters

“Prem aur Vivahin, Stree Ke Liye Jagah, edited by Raj Kishore, Vani Prakashan, 1994.

“Sampradayik Hinsa se Sangharsh Kaise Karen” in, Ayodhya aur Usse Aage, edited by  Raj Kishore,  Vani Prakashan, New Delhi, 1993.

“Khuli Duniya, Bandhe Log in, Vinash Ko Nimantran, edited by  Rajkishore, Vani Prakashan, New Delhi, 1993.

Some Aspects of Bondage: The Denial of Fundamental Rights to Women in, Expanding Government Lawlessness and Organised Struggles, edited by  A.R. Desai,Popular Prakashan, 1991.

“Scattering the Seeds” in, On Being a Teacher, edited by  Amrik Singh, Konarak Publishers, New Delhi, 1990.

“Indian Women: a Decade of New Ferment” (with Ruth Vanita), in India Briefings”, edited by Marshal M. Boutton and Philip Oldenburg, West View Press, 1989.

The Daughters of Aryavarta: Women in the Arya Samaj Movement, Punjab” in, Women in Colonial India; Essays on Survival, Work and the State”, edited by J. Krishnamurthy, Oxford University Press, 1989.

The Continuing Deficit of Women in India and the Impact of Amniocentesis  in, Man-Made Women, edited by  Gena Corea, et al, Indiana University Press, Indianapolis, 1987.” Pro Women or Anti Muslim?”  in, The Shahbano Controversy, edited by Asghar Ali Engineer, Orient Longman, 1987.

Published Research Papers in Journals

“When Communities Become Nationalities: Politics of Intercommunity Relations in India”: Beyond Borders: The SAARC Journal, 2008

 “A New Plebiscite Deal for J&K”, Economic and Political Weekly, January 15, 2003

“History of Affirmative Action for Women in India”, Paper for Asia Pacific Forum on Women Law and Development, Thailand, 2002

“Traditional Female Moral Exemplars in India”, “Education about Asia”, Vol. 6, No. 3, Winter 2001.

“Equality of Opportunities vs. Equality of Results: Needed Improvements in the Women’s Reservation Bill”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XXXV. Nov 47, November 18, 2000.

“Women and Politics: Beyond Quotas”. Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 31, No. 43, October 26, 1996.

“Breakdown of Conflict Resolution Mechanisms in Contemporary India”. in a symposium on the “Limits of Tolerance” in Seminar,  435, November 1995.

“The Primacy of Cultural Issues in Manushi”. Journal of Culture and Policy, Institute for Cultural Policy Studies, Australia, Vol. 6, No. 2, 1994

“Codified Hindu Law: Myth and Reality”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XXIX, No. 33, August 13, 1994.

“Ways to Combat Communal Violence”, Alternatives, 1991.

“Violence on Gurupurab in Jammu”. (With Smithu Kothari), Economic and Political Weekly, April 15, 1989.

“Struggle of Indian Women”. Philosophy and Social Action, 14(4), 1988.

“Integrity in Women’s Issues”. Seminar, April 1988.

“Nature of Women’s Mobilization in Rural India”, Economic and Political Weekly, (in two parts) December 24 and 31, 1988.

“The Burning of Roop Kanwar”. (With Ruth Vanita), Race and Class, July-Sep., 1988.

“The Struggle of Indian Women”. Philosophy and Social Action, 14(4), 1988.

“Mahilayon Ke bare Gandhiji ke Vichar”. Arthshastri, Oct-Nov., 1988.

“Toiling Without Rights: Ho women of Singhbhum”, Economic and Political Weekly, (in three parts) Vol. 22, No.s 3-4-5, January 1987.

“The Daughters of Aryavarta: Women in the Arya Samaj Movement in Punjab”, Indian Economic and Social History Review, February 23, 1986.

“Arya Samaj and Women’s Education: Case Study of the Kanya Mahavidyalaya, Jalandhar”. Economic and Political Weekly, 31(17), 1986.

“Gandhi and Women”. Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XX, Nos. 40, & 41, 1985. (This has been translated and published in Telugu as a book.) Reprinted in Race and Class, London, summer, 1986).

In addition to the above, Kishwar has written over 150 articles, many of them research-based, in Manushi journal.  She also writes for various mainstream newspapers.

Kishwar has been associated with the following organizations:

Board of Trustees, Indian Social Studies Trust, 1997 onward.

Member, Governing Council, Common Cause, 2007 onward.

Core Group of the Expert Review Committee for reviewing research fellowships at the Centre for Contemporary studies, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, 2009 to 2011

Member, Task Force, Criminal Justice, National Security and Centre-State Cooperation, Inter-State Council Secretariat, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, 2008 -2009.

Member of Steering Group for a series of seminars on “Public Representation of Religion called Hinduism”, set up by School of Arts, Histories and Cultures University of Manchester, 2007-2009.

Member, Board of Governors, Janaagraha, Centre for Citizenship and Democracy. Bangalore, 2005 onward.

Member, Advisory Board, National Commission on Enterprises in the Unorganized and Informal Sector, Govt. of India, 2005—2009.

Life Member, Editor’s Guild of India.

Member, Advisory Board, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library Society (1989 to 2003).

Awards Received

Annual Award for Community Service by Indians for Collective Action, September 28, 2008

Vidula Samman, instituted by Vikas, An Institution Dedicated to the Cause of Education and Knowledge, Calcutta, 1998.

Deshasnehi Award, India Development Foundation, Bangalore, 1998.

Prabha Puruskar, for “distinguished service to the cause of women” Keshav Smarak Sansthan, Lucknow, 1997.

Haldi Ghati Award, Outstanding Journalist of the Year, Rana Mewar Foundation, Udaipur, 1993.

Chameli Devi Jain Award, Best Woman Journalist of the Year, Media Foundation, New Delhi, 1986.

Order of Human Rights: All India Sikh Conference, 1985.