Workshop and Seminars

A consultation meeting was held to chalk out the main issues affecting folk art and folk artists. It was attended by academicians and practitioners of folk art. The discussion focused on the relation of state vis-à-vis culture, problems faced by folk artists, policies of the state etc.

A one day consultative workshop “Women’s access to justice” was organised on 13th July , 2012
Access to justice is to be understood as more than just financial ability and the ability to access the justice system. Cappalletti and Garth also write that “effective access to justice can be seen as the most basic requirement – the most basic ‘human right’ – of a modern egalitarian system which purports to guarantee, and not merely proclaim, the legal rights of all.” It is thus implicit that access to justice consists of two components one that the legal-judicial system should be equally accessible to all irrespective gender, caste etc and that these systems are seen as socially just. Attitude towards women in terms of violence, neglect, exploitation are important aspects of human development. One way of bringing about an improvement in the status of women is to bring about legal remedies both in terms of the laws and the access to justice. One of the most important international human rights law document for the recognition of women’s rights is the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
 The aim of the workshop was to examine all these aspects and suggest ways forward.



A brainstorming session was organised, attended by academicians to identify the key areas of the research project. Two key areas selected were - Justice and Reconciliation and Enhancing tribal self governance.

A brainstorming session was organised, attended by academicians to identify focal areas for the research project. It was agreed by all that caste does exist and does matter but one needs to revisit the ways in which it operates today. It was decided to examine the principles on which policies were made and the state’s response to caste structure and politics.

Brainstorming on this project took place at RGICS with the Principal Researcher Prof. Bupinder Zutshi and six other researchers to find the outline, scope and methodology of the project. It was decided that this project will be based on  field work reports, which can bring out the regional perspective in a more clear manner. Four areas decided as follows
·         Jammu & Kashmir
·         Northeast India
·         Uttar Pradesh and
·         Telengana Issue