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About Bela Bhatia

Bela Bhatia is an independent researcher and writer, presently honorary professor at Tata Institute for Social Sciences. Her research interests include questions related to people’s movements, human rights, peace and democracy, with special reference to rural India. She is co-author (with Mary Kawar and Mariam Shahin) of Unheard Voices: Iraqi Women on War and Sanctions (London: Change, 1992) and co-editor (with Jean Drèze and Kathy Kelly) of War and Peace in the Gulf: Testimonies of the Gulf Peace Team (London: Spokesman, 2001).

Articles by Bela Bhatia

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Footnotes on citizenship from rural India

Contrary to the dominant narrative of a vibrant democracy with a strong record of integration, many in India are in effect non-citizens. Citizenship cannot reach its potential unless there is a commitment to achieve equality and justice in practice. (Video, 33 mins)

Corruption and change in India

In this interview Bela Bhatia discusses the anti-corruption movement in India, the endemic failures of the Indian system and the challenge of producing a people's knowledge for change. (Video, 7 minutes)

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