Policy as a Discourse: An Exploration of Assisted Reproductive Technology Regulations in India

Suparba Sil[1] [1] Suparba Sil is a doctoral candidate at the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University.Email: suparb81_ssh@jnu.ac.in Title: Policy as a Discourse: An Exploration of Assisted Reproductive Technology Regulations in India Author(s): Suparba Sil Keywords: Reproductive health, health policy, assisted reproductive technology, anticipatory governance, political economy […]

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Inclusive Politics and Surfacing Women Leadership in Urban Local Governance

Inclusive Politics and Surfacing Women Leadership in Urban Local Governance

To ensure the democratic decentralization of power, participation, and representation of all the sections of society in political structures, one of the most important affirmative actions that have been taken in India is the enactment of the 74th Constitutional Amendment Act for urban local governing bodies. Inclusion through reservation has ensured equality of political opportunities, especially for women who are always seen as passive and mute spectators in every sphere. In Jammu and Kashmir (formerly a state), 2005 year acclaimed as a significant moment for women’s political inclusion for the first time, wherein electoral outcomes were largely facilitated by quotas of reserved seats that mandate 33% female representation at the ward membership level. This paper explores the efficacy of inclusive politics at the local level and emerging women leaders as corporators in urban local governing bodies. Does this provision of reservation of seats for women actually lead to favorable outcomes? How these women leaders are grappling with their newly defined roles, responsibilities, and obstacles coming their way?

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