Madhu Kishwar is
a Senior Fellow at Centre for the Study of Developing Societies and Founder of Manushi
Sangathan an organisation committed to strengthening
democratic rights and women’s rights and inculcating respect for social
justice in our society. She is also the founder editor of Manushi-A Journal
About Women and Society founded in 1978.
She has published and edited several books –some well known titles being;
Deepening Democracy: Challenges of Governance and Globalisation in India, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2005
Off the Beaten Track: Rethinking Gender Justice for Indian Women, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 1999
Religion at the Service of Nationalism and Other Essays, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 1998
Gandhi and Women, Manushi Prakashan, New Delhi, 1986. (Also published in Telugu)
The Dilemma and Other Stories by Vijaydan Detha, (Ed) Manushi Prakashan, 1997
In Search of Answers: Indian Women’s Voices from Manushi. (Co-edited with Ruth Vanita), Zed Books, London, 1984. Second edition, Horizon Books, New Delhi, 1990. Third edition, Manohar, New Delhi, 1996, An abridged version was also published in Japanese by Akashi Shoten, Tokyo, 1990
Women Bhakt Poets,
Lives and Poetry of Women Mystics in India from 6th to 17th
Century ( Co-edited with
Ruth Vanita), Manushi Prakashan, New Delhi, 1989.
books are ;
Zealous Reformers, Deadly
Laws, and Other Essays,
Sage Publications, New Delhi.
She has received several awards for
her writing and social work, including the Haldi Ghati Award, Outstanding
Journalist of the Year Award, Rana Mewar Foundation, Udaipur,1993
Chameli Devi Jain Award, Best Woman
Journalist of the Year, Media Foundation, New Delhi, 1986
Order of Human Rights: All India
Sikh Conference, 1985.
At the moment the main focus of her
work with Manushi and CSDS is evolving a comprehensive agenda of pro poor
She is also Director of Indic
studies Project based at CSDS and Convener of a series of International
Conferences on Religions and Cultures in the Indic Civilization.