August 17, 2018

Nine things we learned from Kamla Bhasin

Invaluable lessons on topics ranging from social movements, to feminism, to Bollywood lyrics.

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Not long ago, we had a chance to interview development feminist activist, poet, author, and social scientist, Kamla Bhasin—and while it was every bit as insightful and inspiring as we had imagined, it was also a lot of fun.

We’ve never seen someone break down activism, feminism, and patriarchy in a way that is both serious and funny at the same time. Here are some of our favourite snippets from the conversation.

1.  On listening to the communities you work with | 1 min

2. On the importance of being a part of the larger movement | 30 secs

3. On feminism | 1.5 mins

4. On why popular notions of beauty don’t help anyone | 45 secs

5. On Bollywood lyrics | 1 min

6. On gender as perspective, not a subject | 45 secs

7. On the T.I.N.A. syndrome | 1 min

8. On starting to create change in our homes | 1 min

9. On dismantling the patriarchy | 30 secs

If you’d like to know more about our conversation, you can read it here.

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Devanshi Vaid

Devanshi is co-founder and director at IDR. Prior experience includes working as a part of the advisory research team at Dasra, and as a news producer at Times Now. Devanshi holds a BA in English Literature from Bryn Mawr College; has practice in building out communication and dissemination strategies, as well as in creating digital, user-friendly content.

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Rachita Vora

Rachita is co-founder and director at IDR. Before this, she led the Dasra Girl Alliance, an INR 250 crore multi-stakeholder platform that sought to improve maternal, adolescent and child health outcomes in India. She has over a decade of experience, having led teams in the areas of financial inclusion, public health and CSR, and functions across strategy, business development, and communications. Rachita has an MBA from Judge Business School at Cambridge University and a BA in History from Yale University.