Decentralized Democracy

It illustrates the critical importance of localized participation for building justice in the society.

On Intolerance


Devaki Jain, The Hindu, September 14, 2017

The Planet of Demagogues


Devaki Jain, The Citizen (India's 1st Independent online daily), March 19, 2017

Looking Back to Look Forward


Devaki Jain, The Hindu, February 3, 2017

The Emergency- Then and Now!


The Outlook India, February 25, 2016

Planning Commission: Remembering Yojana Bhavan


(August 2014) [Mainstream]

What Does It Take to Become a Citizen?

Some neglected collective identities in building "nation" For a seminar on "Democracy, Communalism, Secularism and the Dilemmas of Indian Nationhood", New Delhi January 2005

Localising the Global: The Double Challenge of Decentralization and Inclusion of Women

International Meeting on "Local Level Gender Budgeting", India International Centre, New Delhi November 1-4, 2004

Role of Women in Decentralization


By Devaki Jain and C.P. Sujaya In: G. Palanithurai, ed., "Dynamics of New Panchayati Raj System in India", Vol. IV : "Empowering Women" New Delhi, Concept Pub., 2004, xviii, 357 pages

The volume examines the various aspects of ongoing process of empowerment of women in the country, drawing experiences from different states. Analysing the role of women in decentralisation, it addresses a variety of issues concerning political empowerment of women at grassroots level, decentralisation of child care service, emerging patterns of rural women leadership and gender needs. The contributions of self-help groups have also been assessed.

Enabling Population Stabilisation through Women's Leadership in Local Self-Government

By V.S. Elizabeth and D. Jain A Proposal for the Department's New Scheme, NIHFW, New Delhi February 17-18, 2003

Striking Back at the Empire


In: Jai Sen, Anita Anand, Arturo Escobar, Peter Waterman, eds., "The World Social Forum: challenging empires", p. 289-292 Viveka, New Delhi 2003 Earlier appeared as: "The Empire Strikes Back : A Report on the Asian Social Forum" In: Economic and Political Weekly, Issue : VOL 38 No. 02, January 11, 2003

A committed but critical anthology of essays on the theory and practice of the Forum, with essays by wo/men from many parts of the world, with many different points of view. This online version is abbreviated from the printed original, published by Viveka, New Delhi. This is so that it might provide a taster for the print version (with its extensive Documents and Resources) rather than an alternative to it.

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Globalism and Localism - Negotiating Feminist Space

For the conference "Rethinking Gender, Democracy and Development: Is Decentralisation a tool for local effective political voice?", Ferrara University and Modena University, Italy May 20-22, 2002

Democratising Culture


In: N.N. Vohra, ed., "Culture, Democracy and Development in South Asia" Delhi, Shipra, 2001