Focus: Society

Alternative Concepts, Dialogue and Change

Our work in this field is based on two pillars. We establish and support creative social spaces in which left progressive ideas and concepts can be discussed, developed and implemented. We are also engaged in enabling and strengthening gender equality. Together with our partners in South Asia, we organise workshops, seminars and academic summer schools.

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Rosa Luxemburg fought for solidarity, equality and freedom. RLS resists global capitalism and supports critical analysis, alternative opinions and inclusive dialogues within progressive forces in South Asia.

Pragya Khanna - Project Manager

Moreover, we facilitate dialogue between social and political activists in the region. We provide the means for a strong network of people involved in processes of social as well as ecological transformation. To strengthen exchange and dialogue between activists, intellectuals and political institutions in the Asian region, we are also working closely with our RLS colleagues in the Beijing, Hanoi, Manila and Almaty offices.

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Gender-justice has cross-sectoral dimensions. The ability to bring about lasting behavioral change is located in the empowerment of women, girls, men, boys, trans persons and others with accurate information, inclusive platforms and affirmative choices.

Neha Naqvi - Project Manager

Social justice and solidarity represent profound principles of our organisation and it is therefore from importance to engage in the aspect of gender justice as a relevant topic to societies worldwide. Gender justice is required to ensure greater freedom to all humans and increase their overall wellbeing. To transform gender power relations and norms, it is essential to empower every individual regardless of gender identification and sexual orientation.

 

To learn more about our work on social transformations, take a look at the projects listed below or check out our Archive.

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INDIAN INSTITUTE FOR DALIT STUDIES | While there are seats statutory reserved in the Indian parliament and the assemblies for scheduled castes and tribes as Dalits (formally known as ‘Untouchables’) and Adivasi (indigenous people) other minorities as women and religious minorities have not yet received representation statuated in the electoral system.

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As RLS stands firmly within the tradition of workers´ and women´s movements and RLS South Asia has developed a dedicated gender justice component. Our focus is to work towards gender equity within the context of India and across South Asia.

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MAHANIRBAN CALCUTTA RESEARCH GROUP | In the past decades an increasing number of people, especially in the global south, was forced to leave their places of origin. Armed conflicts, the search for better working and living conditions as well as the impacts of climate change have led to ceaseless population flows.

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SOUTH ASIAN UNIVERSITY | How relevant is Marxist thought for us today? The annual international conferences organised by the South Asian University and RLS are devoted to discussing this question and strengthening networks of people from the left political spectrum.

 

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MAHANIRBAN CALCUTTA RESEARCH GROUP | The Indian states of Bihar and West Bengal have seen the emergence of various socio-political movements during the second part of the 20th century. Although many of them decisively influenced the course of Indian politics, the social context which allowed them to emerge is still poorly understood.

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CENTRE FOR NEPAL STUDIES | The Centre for Nepal Studies seeks to provide an open space for Nepali youth to come together, discuss, and learn more about current political issues. While our partner’s research and workshops lies on theoretical and practical questions of the contemporary political left, the centre also aims at establishing a network of intellectuals, political actors and youth activists in Nepal. The project was completed in 2018.

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CENTRE FOR EQUITY STUDIES | Despite considerable economic growth in recent years, many of India’s citizens still struggle to get access to basic public goods. Our partner, the Centre for Equity Studies, examines how state institutions fail to provide equal access to necessities like healthcare, sanitation and safe working conditions. The project was completed in 2018.

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MAHANIRBAN CALCUTTA RESEARCH GROUP | For a long time, India did not pay much attention to its eastern neighbours and had a difficult relationship with China. Since the late 1990s however, India has begun to increase its engagement and seeks to foster strategic relations with countries in South East Asia. The project was completed in 2018.

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INDIAN INSTITUTE OF DALIT STUDIES | Despite laws to protect marginalised groups in India, such as Muslims or Dalits (formally known as ‘Untouchables’), they still face widespread discrimination in India. Especially with regard to economic status, they live in poverty being affected by discrimination on the labour market. The project was completed in 2018.

 

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CENTRE FOR WOMEN´S DEVELOPMENT STUDIES | Gender issues have increasingly become part of the Indian public debate in the last years. Despite growing public support for women’s rights, gender inequality remains strongly reinforced by patriarchal societal structures and social norms. The project was completed in 2018.

 

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SOUTH ASIAN UNIVERSITY | In recent year, the Indian education system has been undergoing an extensive neoliberal transformation. Today, almost one third of all student attend private schools. In order to develop viable alternative methods of education, RLS collaborated with the South Asian University on a pilot project for the development of an alternative curriculum. The project was completed in 2015.

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SCHOOL OF WOMEN´S STUDIES | Gender plays a crucial role in the Indian labour market. The choice of profession, migration pattern or participation in workers’ unions are all fundamentally influenced by gender roles and expectations. The project was completed in 2015.