Economist Lekha Chakraborty on gender budgeting in justice, the economic relevance of #MeToo, and how the media can help

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Economist Lekha Chakraborty has played a key role in framing gender budgeting in justice as a public good. Photo courtesy: The Levy Economics Institute, Bard College, New York

Economic marginalisation and lack of financial empowerment affects women negatively, and may increase their vulnerability to gender-based violence, says Lekha Chakraborty, a pioneering economist who has played a pivotal role in institutionalising gender budgeting in India.

Chakraborty is a professor at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy and a research associate with the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, New York. …


Avni Sethi, founder of Conflictorium, Ahmedabad

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‘News is no longer news, but has become an exercise in opinion-building.’ Photo credit: Sudharak Olwe

The 2002 riots in Gujarat was the first time things were happening so close to me. I could see places I visited go up in flames. The context of that event changed from being about one day, to an unravelling of a systemic kind of violence. I knew I had to come back to Ahmedabad and the context I grew up in. Conflictorium, a participatory museum in Ahmedabad that seeks to create a space for facilitating dialogue through art, was founded after that.

If you ask me how I consume news and what’s my relationship with that consumption, it’s a kind of acceptance of disbelief, a breaking down of faith. The consumption of news has become an energy-consuming, time-taking exercise. …

Ananya Gouthi

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