Madhu Kishwar

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Madhu Kishwar
Alma materDelhi University,
Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
OccupationProfessor, Activist, Author
OrganizationCentre for the Study of Developing Societies

Madhu Purnima Kishwar is an Indian academic and writer.[1][2][3] She was a professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS),[4] based in Delhi, and the Director of the Indic Studies Project based at CSDS which aims to promote the study of "Religions and Cultures in the Indic Civilization".

Life and career[edit]

Kishwar studied at Miranda House in Delhi, where she was the President of the Student's Union, and then studied history at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi.[5]

Kishwar is founder editor of Manushi[2][4] - a Journal about Women published since 1979. It has been described by Amartya Sen as "a pioneering feminist journal".[6] She is also the Founder President of Manushi Sangathan,[7] a forum for research based activist interventions which works for democratic reforms that promotes greater social justice and strengthen human rights, especially for women.

In 2013, Madhu Kishwar wrote a series of articles titled Modinama (Chronicles of Modi) in her magazine Manushi, where she was critical of the media for what she termed "false propaganda" about Narendra Modi's role during the Gujarat violence 2002 and in its aftermath.[8] Subsequently, she published the book Modi, Muslims and Media, documenting a similar stance.

She conducted studies on khap and found that only 2% to 3% honor killings are related to gotra killings, rest are done by families.[3]

She also conducted studies on 2002 Gujarat riots.[3]


  • In Search of Answers: Indian Women's Voices (with Ruth Vanita, Zed Books, 1984). ISBN 0862321786.
  • Gandhi and Women (Manushi Prakashan, 1986). ASIN B0007BRY8S.
  • Women Bhakta Poets : Manushi (Manushi Publications, 1989). ASIN B001RPVZVU.
  • The Dilemma And Other Stories (with Ruth Vanitha, Manushi Prakashan, 1997). ISBN 8186573003.
  • Religion at the service of nationalism and other essays (Oxford University Press, 1998). ISBN 0195641612.
  • Off the Beaten Track: Rethinking Gender Justice for Indian Women (Oxford University Press, 2002). ISBN 0195658310.
  • Deepening Democracy: Challenges of Governance and Globalization in India (Oxford University Press, 2006). ISBN 0195683528.
  • Zealous Reformers, Deadly Laws: Battling Stereotypes (SAGE, 2008). ISBN 0761936378.
  • Modi, Muslims and Media: Voices from Narandra Modi's Gujarat (Manushi Publications, 2014). ISBN 978-81-929352-0-1.[9]


  1. ^ "Madhu Kishwar's open letter to PM on how to break the UCC stalemate".
  2. ^ a b Burke, Jason (31 March 2011). "Shiney Ahuja, fallen Bollywood star, jailed for raping maid". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  3. ^ a b c When a feminist turns right,, 2 April 2014.
  4. ^ a b Meyta, Neha (7 March 2010). "Ashrams of Sex and Sleaze". Mail Today  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  5. ^ Kumara Swamy, V (4 August 2013). "I would like to sue Amartya Sen for defamation". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  6. ^ Sen, Amartya (2006). The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity. Penguin. ISBN 0141012110.
  7. ^ Pisharoty, Sangeetha Barooah (16 April 2010). "Voice of the Underdog". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  9. ^ Nair, Sangeetha (April 6, 2014). "Congress to blame for Godhra, says author Madhu Kishwar in her new book". The Times of India. Retrieved April 23, 2014.

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