Speaker: Madhu Kishwar
 
There is no sharp divide between humans and divines in the Hindu faith traditions. Divine is supposed to dwell in every being animate and inanimate; human as well as non-human. And Hindu deities are not distant figures sitting up in the Heaven, giving commandments, expecting unconditional obedience. They take avatar and descend on earth to appear as ordinary mortals in intimate human relationships.
Madhu Purnima Kishwar is an Indian academic, and writer. She is the Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), based in Delhi, and the Director of the Indic Studies Project based at CSDS which aims to promote the study of 'Religions and Cultures in the Indic Civilization'. She studied at Miranda House as well as at Jawahar Lal Nehru University. In 2013, Madhu Kishwar wrote Modinama (Chronicles of Modi) in which she has been critical of the media for their false propaganda about Narendra Modi's role during Gujarat violence 2002 and in its aftermath. Kishwar is founder editor of Manushi - a Journal about Women published since 1979. It has been described by Amartya Sen as 'a pioneering feminist journal', though Kishwar does not accept this political label and is wary of all 'Isms'.

You can contact Madhu Kishwar at madhukishwar@manushi-india.org or madhukishwar@csds.in
 
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