In Memoriam

Farewell Trupti behn

Human rights defender and member of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Trupti was a woman who could be counted on in times of need.  My direct interactions with her and Rohit were few, but I remember her as someone who was always there.  When I came back from the Narmada Satyagraha in September 2002 and had a few hours in Baroda before catching the train back to Mumbai, she was there.  “Do you want to talk to the press?” she asked.  “Because they are continuously calling.”  Rumors were afloat that 50 satyagrahis including Medha Patkar had been washed away and there was no news of their condition.  No press had managed to cross the rising waters into the valley and I was the first to reach a city.  I used her computer to send a photo to the press and it appeared on the cover of the Maharashtra Times the next morning and there was a press conference in Mumbai in the afternoon.

Like this she would have helped so many people in so many ways, over and above the work she did through her own organizations.


To think that she will be there no more is very difficult.  We remembered her in a moment of silence at the AID conference in College Park, on May 28, 2016.

Solidarity, Tour

For a Just Society – Visit to Jagrutha Mahila Sanghatan [photos]

Visit to Jagrutha Mahila Sanghatan
Dalit Women’s Collective

Jagrutha Mahila Sanghatan, a Dalit women’s collective, formed in 1999-2000. AID has supported the group through projects, fair-trade marketing as well as solidarity to the Sanghatan in various phases. Along with AID-Bangalore volunteers Chetana, Karthik, Disha & Tamia, Ravi, Khiyali and I recently visited the women to hear their own reflections on their experiences and successes over the years, fighting oppression based on caste, gender and class, as well as ongoing challenges on all these fronts. Here are some photos from our visit with these grassroots partners. Continue reading


Aisa Kaha Unhone: “They Said …”

Aisa Kaha Unhone

Translated from English, “They Said” by Usha Narayan

Video: Performance by Andrea Pereira, Heidi Pereira and Katheeja Talha of Space Theatre Ensemble

They Said

You should not read thus sprawled on your stomach,

or in bed, or in dark recesses of the house, they said.

You will have to wear glasses, and then your poor parents

will have trouble finding you a husband, they said.

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