Logics of Empowerment: Development, Gender, and Governance by Aradhana Sharma

By Aradhana Sharma

Celebratory information gains approximately India’s thriving heart category inform basically a part of the tale of the country’s contemporary monetary upward push, often glossing over the three hundred million Indians who continue to exist the margins and fight to outlive lower than financial liberalization. How do these forged out in their country’s successes understand and reply to their place and mobilize opposed to disempowerment? In Logics of Empowerment, Aradhana Sharma takes up those questions, targeting the paintings of an cutting edge women’s software referred to as Mahila Samakhya that's half governmental and half nongovernmental and strives to empower these rural Indian girls who've been brushed off. She information the awkward ideological articulations and paradoxical results of this exact activist-cum-government organizational constitution and utilization of empowerment. Bringing much-needed specificity to the learn of neoliberalism, Logics of Empowerment fosters a deeper knowing of improvement and politics in modern India.

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Support staff and consultants at the national office are, however, drawn from the NGO sector. The primary responsibilities of the national office include communicating with government departments and donors, managing program funds, ensuring that the program fits within the larger policy framework of the state, and providing programmatic support to the different state-level MS offices. Senior bureaucrats in the Department of Education and a National Resource Group (NRG) oversee the work of the national-level team.

The village occupied a central place in Gandhi’s imagination as the locus of truth and freedom. The goal of swaraj, he emphasized, was the uplift and reconstruction of rural India, which remained uncolonized by the immoral forces of modernity. In a letter to Nehru, dated October 5, 1945, Gandhi wrote, “I am convinced that if India is to attain true freedom . . then sooner or later the fact must be recognised that people have to live in villages, not in towns, in huts, not in palaces. . ” (Gandhi 1997, 150).

Tentative and experimental . . [and] it is improbable that there can ever be only one path to empowerment” (Batliwala 1994, 67). Additionally, they stressed that empowerment must be an organic process undertaken with women, and not a blueprint strategy imposed on them or something handed to them. “We need to move away from any notion of empowerment, and perhaps even development, as something that can be done ‘to’ people or ‘for’ people” (Rowlands 1998, 30). These feminists thus raised the issue of the “how” of empowerment.

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